Our Town Hometown Hero always proud to serve

By Anna Carrera

Published 08/08 2014 01:36PM

Updated 12/12 2014 10:51AM

WESTVILLE -- He went from professional baseball player to fighting on the front lines. This Hometown Hero says his military service changed his direction in life. Our Town's Carl Thompson is a Korean War veteran. He got paid to play America's favorite pastime before he got drafted to serve his country.

Thompson was a combat engineer in the National Guard. It was an eye-opening experience while he was still a young man. When he got back, he started working at the Danville VA, helping others who had served just like him. Now Thompson is an active member of Westville's American Legion and Honor Guard.

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