It's been a number of years so I can't recall the details the way I'd like, but maybe some of you others can. An acquaintance of mine (actually my ex-wife's now ex-husband) had a son killed in the 1st Gulf War. The circumstances were called into question and Thompson picked up the ball to get to the bottom of it. It turns out that it was a tragic "friendly fire" incident, but the officers and some of the troops involved not only covered it up but got medals and promotions out of it. If I remember correctly, there were Senate hearings and the commendations were revoked, some individuals may have been demoted or even dismissed from the service. It might not have happened without Thompson and I don't guess it made him real popular with some, but it was the right thing to do and he did it. I'd like to see a person of his character in the White House and representing a conservative agenda.
"...Thompson initiated a Congressional investigation into a friendly fire incident during the Gulf War which claimed the life of Sgt. Lance Fielder of Nashville..."