Steuben County Veteran to be Inducted into Hall of Fame
BATH, N.Y. (WENY) -- Warren Thompson was born and raised in Steuben County. On Tuesday, he'll represent the 58th Senate District as he's inducted into New York's Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame.
"I don't know what to feel," says Thompson. "I'm not used to this kind of stuff."
Thompson graduated from Savona Central School in 1942 and with a life-long dream of flying planes, quickly enlisted in the Army. On August 30th 1943, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U-S Army Air Corps.
Less than one year later, his plane was shot down over France. He was captured by the Nazis and was taken as a prisoner of war.
"I'm one of forty-two Americans that got put in Buchenwald Concentration Camp," says Thompson.
When asked what it was like finally returning home, Thompson says, "Different. It was definitely different."
Thompson continued to serve until the end of the World War II.
He eventually returned home to his family's farm in Eagle Valley, where he and his wife of 65 years raised three children. To this day, Thompson Farms remains well-known under his son's management.
"It was nice to get back," says Thompson. "That was the main thing. My friends who I grew up with and went to school with, we had king of a get together. We talked about everything. Everything--girls and all."
Thompson, who now resides at the Bath V-A at the age of 93, received several medals for his service over the years.
He's also considered to be a driving force behind the construction of the Steuben County Veterans Memorial.
But this, he says, is a different kind of honor.
"I don't know if I deserve it or not," says Thompson. "We'll find out. Time will tell. I'll do what I can do and that's all there is to it."
Thompson was chosen by Senator Tom O'Mara to represent the district among dozens of nominations.