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By Lou Marzeles

Goldendale man returns to site of grandfather's war action


August 1, 2018


THE AFTERMATH OF IMPRISONMENT: Troy Thompson, a GHS graduate and Marine Corp member of 21 years, visited the University of San Tomas in Manila, The Philippines, in November to see first-hand where his grandfather, Elroy Kaatz (above)was imprisoned when the college was used as a prisoner of war camp during World War II.

The passing of decades can seem to take memory along with the years, so when Troy Thompson got a chance to stand on land where his grandfather served during World War II, the experience was profoundly moving.

Thompson is a 1997 graduate of Goldendale High School and son of Goldendale residents Keith and Barbara Thompson. He is in the U.S. Marine Corps and was in Manila, The Philippines, not long ago. While there, he went to a college called the University of Santo Tomas, smack in the middle of Manila, which Japanese occupation forces had transformed into a prisoner of war camp during the war.

Thompson's grandfather, Elroy, was an Army radio operator in the 8th Cavalry and helped liberate...

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