Apple, Thomas, LT

Line Officer
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1972-1972, 131X, NAS Kingsville TX
Previously Held NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Service Years
1967 - 1972
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Tailhook Association
  1970, Tailhook Association

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Retired from American Airlines as a Boeing-777 pilot in September 2002 as a senior Captain and 32 years of service.  Enjoying retirement, grandkids, & great-grandkids.
Other Comments:
Not Specified

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Naval Aviator Wings

 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVT-1 EagletsVT-4 Rubber Ducks/Mighty WarbucksVT-2 Golden Eagles
VF-124 GunfightersVC-4NAF Cam Ranh Bay, VietnamNAS Kingsville TX
  1967-1967, 110X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1967-1967, 110X, VT-1 Eaglets
  1967-1968, 110X, VT-4 Rubber Ducks/Mighty Warbucks
  1968-1968, 110X, VT-2 Golden Eagles
  1968-1969, 110X, VF-124 Gunfighters
  1969-1970, 131X, VC-4
  1971-1971, 131X, NAF Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam
  1972-1972, 131X, NAS Kingsville TX
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy?
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
Was there a particular incident during your service when you believed you were in a situation you might not survive? Please describe what happened and what was the outcome.
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your military career? If you received any medals, awards, formal presentations or qualification badges for significant achievement or valor, please describe how these were earned.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Please recount the names of friends you served with, at which location, and what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
University of Texas at AustinUnited States Naval AcademyUniversity of Texas at Arlington
  1962-1963, University of Texas at Austin
  1963-1967, United States Naval Academy
  1975-1976, University of Texas at Arlington
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