Veterans of Foreign Wars All-American Post 10904 is pleased to announce that
Howard Thompson has been selected to receive the prestigious Cooper T. Holt
This award is awarded to one outstanding VFW member each year; and is based
on his or her achievements, including community work; serving on projects
and programs; and leadership. Of the more than 16,000 VFW members across 91
Posts in the State of Tennessee, Howard Thompson was selected.
A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Thompson joined the Army
and served as Executive Officer in Qui Nhon Sub Area Command, Vietnam. He
has served as a past Post Commander for VFW Post 10904 and now serves the
Post as Quartermaster. He is currently the Commander of Disabled American
Veterans (DAV) Chapter 90; and member of American Legion Gold Star Post 78.
Thompson also received the Governor’s Gold Star Volunteer Award for Coffee
County this year for his exemplary community service work.
This VFW Department of Tennessee award is named after Cooper T. Holt. Born
in Chattanooga, he served as VFW National Commander in 1956: at age 32, he
was the youngest person to ever lead the organization.
An individual selected for this award must have shown exceptional prestige
in public events such as Memorial Day or Veterans Day; contributed to
activities in the community; and shown qualities of leadership in dealing
with other organizations and service groups.
VFW Post 10904 Commander Kimberly King notes, “Howard’s service contributed
directly to our Post’s receiving the All-State Post Award for the past four
years, as well as the VFW National All-American Post Award for three years
in a row. This is an unprecedented accomplishment and only given to the very
best VFW Posts in the Nation. Howard’s work and devotion have had a direct
impact on our Post achieving everything it has for the past several years.”
Mr. Thompson will receive his award at an All-American Celebration which
will be held on August 21st at the Coffee County Veterans Building, 130
Shelton Road in Manchester.