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Floyd (Jim) James Thompson

Served our country
BHS class of 1951
Branch of Service: Army
Hometown: Bergenfield
Date of birth: July 8, 1933
Dedication: Jim (James) Floyd Pavilion at Ross Applegate Park
Longest Held Prisoner of War, passed away 7/16/2002

Other webpages:
Longest Held POW

About Floyd (Jim) James: On March 26, 1964, the Air Force observation plane flown by Capt. Richard L. Whitesides and co-piloted by Thompson was hit and disabled by small arms fire outside their Special Forces Camp near Quang Tri, South Vietnam. Suffering burns, a bullet wound across the cheek and with his back broken, Thompson survived the initial crash, but was captured by the Viet Cong.
He suffered years of solitary confinement in jungle cages and dank cells, but he never said die. He went through nine years of torture, starvation and extreme deprivation, but he never gave up. He escaped from imprisonment five times and was recaptured each time, but he never stopped trying.

The Veterans section was created and maintained by
Eva DeMaggio Gallione, BHS '64 and Joseph DiMaggio, BHS'67