Branch: U. S. Army
Status: Honorable Discharge
Date of Service: 1959-1972
Home Town: Bagley, MN
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Peter was born on June 21, 1942 in Clearwater County, MN the son of Peter Thompson Sr. and Katie (Durant) Thompson. He attended Bagley Schools until 8th grade when he dropped out to work and later received his GED.
In 1959, at the age of 17, he talked his dad into signing papers for him to enlist in the United Stated Army.
Peter became a Drill Sergeant up until his first tour of duty in Vietnam, where he volunteered to go. He was wounded three times, receiving three Purple Heart medals. Shortly after finishing his first tour, he volunteered for his second tour. During his second tour, he again was wounded three more times and received three more Purple Heart Medals, totaling six Purple Heart Medals all together.
Still working for the Army, Peter was a probation officer in Fort Carson in Colorado. He ended his military duties with a medical retirement serving our country a total of 12 years, earning 6 Purple Hearts, Silver Star with V for Valor, 3 Bronze with V for Valor, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, along with many other awards.He was Honorably Discharged in 1972.
He met Evelyn Auginaush and they were married on July 10, 1973 at St. Phillips Church in Rice Lake, MN. They moved to Sandstone where he became a Federal Correction Officer.They moved to Minneapolis, MN where he attended Arden Hills and became a BCA certified Police Officer.
They then moved to Red Wing, MN and worked as a Police Officer.After moving home, he became a trapper for the State and Tribe Predator Control. He also worked at the Leech Lake Indian Health Hospital Facilities as a manager, receiving two awards for his service.
Peter was the founding father and was very instrumental in starting the White Earth Honor Guard which he still continued to do.Peter enjoyed hunting, trapping, attending sporting events, playing cards, visiting and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Peter was known for his quick wit and his sense of humor, he was quite the jokester.
In 1984, he went to Washington D.C. to dedicate the Vietnam War Memorial, representing the Irvin Blix American Legion Post #16 of Bagley.Peter received a War Bonnet at a Powwow in New Town, North Dakota.
He was well known through Indian Country as one of the most decorated Native American Veterans.He was a true warrior (ogitchidaag), who never asked any questions.Burial will be at Samuel Memorial Episcopal Cemetery in Nay Tah Waush, MN.