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Korea War Veteran address Sims students

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UNION — Mr. Francis Thompson spoke to Ms. Meri Clark and Mr. Mitchell Moss’ seventh grade English and social studies classes at Sims Middle School on Tuesday, Nov. 12.


As a veteran of the Korean War, he graciously gave his time to come to speak to the students about his experiences in Korea. Mr. Thompson, uncle of Reagan and Ryan Durham, brought with him a fragile copy of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal newspaper from the end of the Korean War.


The students were very interested in what Mr. Thompson had to say as he regaled them with tales from the day-to-day activities of soldiers and what it felt like to be in a hostile environment. He answered their many questions about what it was like to be in a war.


Ms. Clark said that the students were really paying close attention and asked great questions. This experience has sharpened the lessons of the Korean War and put a point on the fact that we should learn from the past so as not to repeat our mistakes.


Ms. Clark and Mr. Moss’ classes truly enjoyed and appreciated Mr. Thompson’s visit. Thank you, Mr. Thompson and thank you all veterans.


This article was written by Kristi Sommer, Learning Specialist at Sims Middle School.

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