Thomas, William Nathaniel, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Service Branch
Chaplain Christian
Last Primary NEC
410X-Chaplain Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1949, 410X, Office of the Chief of Chaplains
Service Years
1918 - 1949
Chaplain Christian
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home Town
Piney Woods, MS
Last Address
Lake Junaliska, NC

Date of Passing
Apr 26, 1971
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Last Known Activity

7th Chief of Chaplins

For many years the authorship of The Midshipman Prayer was unknown. In 1938 Thomas wrote the prayer at the request of some Midshipmen. It is said to encompass much of his theology and his ideal of a Naval Officer. He never sought credit for the prayer. It has been used at Divine Service in the Naval Academy Chapel ever since. A bronze plaque of the prayer resides in the chapel.
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My Uncle Will5 posted by Thomas, Dorothy 7 -Family 
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyCNO - OPNAVUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Raleigh (CL-7)
USS West Virginia (BB-48)Office of the Chief of Chaplains
  1918-1918, 410X, Boston Navy Yard
  1918-1919, 410X, USS Madawaska (ID 3011)
  1919-1922, 410X, CNO - OPNAV
  1922-1924, 410X, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1924-1927, 410X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1927-1929, 410X, USS Raleigh (CL-7)
  1929-1932, 410X, 14th Naval District/COMNAVBASE Pearl Harbor
  1932-1933, 410X, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1933-1945, 410X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1945-1949, 410X, Office of the Chief of Chaplains
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I/Atlantic Convoy
  1941-1945 World War II/American Theater
 Colleges Attended 
Millsaps College
  1908-1912, Millsaps College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 18, 1913, Married Martha Ellen Fondreu
  Jul 03, 1917, Commisioned as Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Nov 02, 1920, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Nov 02, 1924, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Nov 03, 1924, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted to Captain
  Jul 19, 1945, Promoted to Rear Admiral (temp)
  Aug 07, 1947, Promoted to Rear Admiral (permanent)
  Sep 30, 1949, Retired from Naval Service
 Military Association Memberships
American LegionVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)United States Navy Memorial
  1940, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1940, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) - Assoc. Page
  1940, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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