His brother, Walter W. Thompson, born 30 May 1913, registered for the WW II draft in 1940, worked for Sinclair Refining Co., served in the U.S. Navy (enlisted 10 September 1942), AAM3c, AAM2c, AMM1c (T), # 6304782, in WW II. He served on the U.S.S. Enterprise (CV-65) (1944-45). He died 14 September 1966 in Travis Co., TX. The U.S.S. Enterprise was a Yorktown class aircraft carrier. During 1944-45, she was with the Fast Carrier Task Force (TF-58) softening up the Marshall Islands and supported the landings on Kwajalein Island. It supported the strike at Truk Lagoon in the Caroline Islands. It made the first radar guided night attack from a U.S. carrier. Detached from TF-58, it launched raids on Jaluit Atoll, Majuro and Espiritu Santo. In TG-36.1, she supported the landings on Emirau island. Then with TF-58 lauched raids for against the islands of Yap, Ulithi, Woleai, and Palau. It supported the landings on Jayapura (Hollandia) area of New Guinea then hit Tru again. With TF-58, it helped attack the Marianas Islands, striking Saipan, Rota, Guam then Saipan. It played a large role in the Battle of the Philippine Sea (taking part in the sinking of enemy carriers Hiyo, Shokaku, and Taiho). It took part in air raids over Okinawa and Taiwan (Formosa). It took part in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and the Battle of Iwo Jima. She was struck by a kamikaze Zero, pilot Lt.J.G. Shunsuke Tomiyaso, killing 14 and wounding 34. With this history, it is not a wonder many of the crew felt the long-lasting effects of PTSD.

BEAUCHAMP, DORSEY WILLIAM FRANK, Second Lieutenant, # 0-700892, USAAF


Dorsey W.F. “Billy” Beauchamp was born on 28 April 1923 in Oklahoma to Charles Payton Beauchamp (1882-1962) (TX) and Myrtle Madison Beauchamp (1886-1968) (TX). Brothers waere Charles P. Beauchamp Jr. (1916-1996) and James Vaden Beauchamp (1929-1993). On 14 October 1943 he married Mary Eleanor Partlow in Lubbock, Texas.


He enlisted in the USAAF in San Antonio, Texas, on 6 February 1943. He completed flight instruction and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 December 1944, a C-47A-90-DL, # 43-15821, assigned to 10th Air Force, 2nd Air Commando Group, 317th Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the recaptured airfield at Myitkyina, Burma, on a combat mission to Kunming, China, flying over “the Hump” of the Himalayan mountain range between Burma and China. The C-47A crashed about 10 kilometers West of Zhinaxiang, China, about 9 miles NE of the border with Burma (source – Aviation Safety Network web site database). All of the crew was killed. Due to the terrain, no remains were recoverable. He is remembered on the memorial wall in the Manila Americam Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.


His brother, James V. Beauchamp, born 21 June 1929, served in the US Army from 13 February 1951 to 12 February 1953 during the Korean War. He died 5 February 1993 in Texas.

James V. Beauchamp

Dorsey W. F. Beauchamp