Thomson, James William M., LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1971-1973, 131X, HC-3 Pack Rats
Service Years
1968 - 1979

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Home Town
White Plains, NY
Last Address
Merritt Island, FL

Date of Passing
Mar 07, 2006
Location of Interment
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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
HAL-3 Seawolf Association
  2002, HAL-3 Seawolf Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Last Known Activity
James W. M. Thomson, 59, of Merritt Island, FL, died Tuesday, March 7, 2006. Jim was born in White Plains, New York, to James Brown and Kathryn Elizabeth Thomson on October 22, 1946.
He was a responsible, loving son to his parents and honored them completely during his short life. He grew up admiring the commitments shown to him by his father and his grandfather, Archie Edgar Konecheck in their dedicated service to country and family. James followed in his father's footsteps by earning an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, after graduating from Seminole High School in 1964. Upon earning his commission in 1968, he hurried to complete flight training so he could begin his dream. Lt. James W.M. Thomson, U.S. Navy served his country overseas in time of war, acting as a search and rescue pilot among other notable challenges in Vietnam. He was immensely proud of his work and his choice to serve his nation through military service like that of those before him.

Jim was married to Weji (Wanda Gregory) for thirty-three years. This special union gave Jim the opportunity to introduce another of his loves, football, to his sons Johnny Ray and Robert Eugene Thomson. He was always present at all of their games and there was never a need for a megaphone while cheering his sons on. On September 20, 1975 Jim was blessed with his pride and joy, Kathryn Marie. Together they discovered life and built a bond that was truly blessed. Jim proved to be a loving giving man with the addition of his last born son, Nathan James Chad, born January 15, 1996. Jim shared his thoughts and inspirations with Nathan, always encouraging him to be the best he could and to take pride in his future accomplishments. Jim loved sports, books, television, space travel and life.

Jim was a dedicated Naval Officer in the United States Navy, before joining the engineering group for NASA in 1979. He served the United States at NASA until his retirement in January 2006 before being called home to be with the Lord. He is survived by his parents, his wife Weji, two sons, a daughter, two brothers, Scott and Craig, seven grandchildren. A memorial service was held March 11th, at Patrick Air Force Base.

Jim was cremated and ashes given to Wife.
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Naval Aviator Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) CourseCommander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)USN River Patrol Force - Task Force 116 (TF-116)HA(L)-3 Seawolves
HC-3 Pack Rats
  1969-1969, 131X, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Course
  1969-1970, 131X, Commander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)
  1969-1970, 131X, USN River Patrol Force - Task Force 116 (TF-116)
  1969-1970, 131X, HA(L)-3 Seawolves
  1971-1973, 131X, HC-3 Pack Rats
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (70)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (70-71)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (71)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUniversity of Florida
  1964-1968, United States Naval Academy
  1998-2000, University of Florida
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