Loomis, Thomas, CAPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1974-1974, CNO - OPNAV/Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC)
Service Years
1944 - 1974
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Born in Perry, raised in Enid Okla.
Last Address
San Antonio Hill Country Retreat,
San Antonio, Texas

Date of Passing
Dec 19, 2014
 
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

Cold War Veteran


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartAustin Chapter
  1953, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  2000, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Austin Chapter (Austin, Texas) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


Captain Thomas A. Loomis was a career military man who flew combat missions in the Korean War and briefly commanded the naval aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ticonderoga during the Vietnam War.

Loomis was born in Perry, Okla. on August 26, 1925 and grew up in nearby Enid during the height of the Dust Bowl. At 16 years old he was too young to enlist when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor 1941. He joined an ROTC program the following summer and first experienced Navy life during a summer sea cruise on the U.S.S. West Virginia.

But flying had been a dream of his since his 14th birthday, when his father paid 50 cents for him to ride in a tri-motor plane over Enid at sunset. So he jumped at a chance to train to become a pilot in 1944.

Loomis was only about halfway through his training when World War II ended. After discharge he enrolled in the University of Michigan to study forestry. Upon graduating in 1947, he briefly took a job in Detroit for the Boy Scouts of America until he reentered the Navy as an officer flight student in 1948.

Thus began his true life’s work. In the Korean War, he flew bombing missions near the border of China and North Korea. He was wounded by shrapnel in a mission, and his efforts earned him an air medal and a purple heart.

After Korea, he served as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Fla. and later hunted Soviet submarines from aboard aircraft carriers in the western Atlantic. Those missions were occasionally eventful, too. One time, his plane lost power after it was struck by lightning. Another time, he had to wrestle controls away from a commanding officer who suffered vertigo while piloting.

During the Vietnam War, Loomis was assigned to the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga in the Gulf of Tonkin. He spent a year navigating the ship and then rose to executive officer. On his second deployment Loomis was named captain of the ship, and he served in that role for about two months.

After his service in Vietnam, Loomis earned a master’s degree in Systems Management and spent a brief time working at the Pentagon before retiring from active duty in 1974.

   
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MOAA: MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, ALAMO CHAPTERFort Sam Houston, TX.



   
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  1968-1971, 132X, USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14)

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Unit
USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) Unit Page

Rank
Commander

NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer

Location
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Country/State
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 Patch
 USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) Details

USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14)
Converted from CVA to CVS at Longbeach Naval Shipyard in 1967.

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Existing/Disbanded
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Parent Unit
Essex-class

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Last Updated: Feb 16, 2016
   
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During the Vietnam War, Loomis was assigned to the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga in the Gulf of Tonkin. He spent a year navigating the ship and then rose to executive officer. On his second deployment Loomis was named captain of the ship, and he served in that role for about two months.

After his service in Vietnam, Loomis earned a master’s degree and spent a brief time working at the Pentagon before retiring from active duty in 1974.

   
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Chavez, Gilbert, PO3, (1969-1973) QM QM-0000 [Other Service Rank]
Gopadze, Lee, LTJG, (1969-1971) 00 00-0000 Lieutenant Junior Grade
Morgan, Larry, (1969-1974) 00 00-0000 Other Service Rank
Eshleman, Joe Kenneth, LT, (1960-1980) BM BM-0000 Chief Warrant Officer 2
Jett, Mike, SCPO, (1970-1995) SO SO-9533 Senior Chief Petty Officer
McAnelly, Robert L., MCPO, (1955-1980) AO AO-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Smithee, Wes, CPO, (1969-1996) AT AT-6673 Chief Petty Officer
Villanueva, Amadeo Cabias, CPO, (1954-1978) AD ADJ-8324 Chief Petty Officer
Dooms, Robert, PO1, (1967-1973) ET ET-1444 Petty Officer First Class
Gregory, Robert, MCPO, (1966-1995) FT FT-1126 Petty Officer First Class
Heller, Kenneth, CPO, (1958-1980) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hobbs, Mike, CMC, (1962-1992) AW AW-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Holley, Norval, PO2, (1968-1982) EN EN-4315 Petty Officer First Class
Magana, Alfonso, PO1, (1961-1976) BM BM-0164 Petty Officer First Class
Arntz, Roger, PO2, (1963-1971) AK AK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Claussen, Thomas, PO1, (1968-1977) ETR ETR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Crockett, Terry, CPO, (1965-1985) MR MR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Diaz, J Leonard, PO2, (1965-1969) 00 ZZ-9999 Petty Officer Second Class
Doty, Bob, PO2, (1968-1971) GMG GMG-0872 Petty Officer Second Class
Gabriel, Theodore, PO2, (1969-1973) AX AX-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Granado, Richard, PO2, (1969-1975) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Haile, Gary, PO2, (1970-1974) PH PH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hampton, Rick, PO2, (1969-1973) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Larkin, Terence, PO2, (1970-1975) PH PH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
McVay, Steven, SCPO, (1969-1990) SK SK-2815 Petty Officer Second Class
Nicholls, Paul, PO2, (1970-1973) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Robertson, Teddie, PO2, (1967-1971) AT AT-8267 Petty Officer Second Class
Rowland, Bobby, PO2, (1971-1975) AB ABH-7011 Petty Officer Second Class
Bodinger, Del, PO3, (1968-1972) SK SK-2830 Petty Officer Third Class
Brooks, James, PO2, (1969-1991) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Brooks, Kevin, PO3, (1969-1973) IC IC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Burke, James, PO3, (1966-2009) AC AC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Cameron, Dave, PO3, (1969-1973) BT BT-4500 Petty Officer Third Class
Clark, James, PO3, (1971-1974) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Coffman, John David, PO3, (1971-1975) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Forney, Steve, PO3, (1971-1975) DP DP-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Garrison, Roger, PO2, (1971-1975) GMG GMG-0872 Petty Officer Third Class
Gedrose, Donald, PO3, (1969-1973) AWS AWS-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Gray, Terrence, PO3, (1968-1972) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Green, Mike, PO2, (1971-1977) AK AK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Guthrie, Larry, PO3, (1969-2009) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Harriman, Dale, PO3, (1968-1972) AB ABF-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Herrick, James, PO3, (1967-1971) DT DT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Irwin, William, PO3, (1969-1972) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Judevine, James, PO3, (1968-1974) YN CYN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Lane, Jediah, SCPO, (1967-1995) RM RM-2312 Petty Officer Third Class
Michael, Young, PO3, (1971-1973) ABF ABF-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Momberger, Richard, PO3, (1970-1974) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Moore, Donald, PO3, (1971-1975) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Penhorwood, Ffrederick, PO3, (1967-1971) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Probus, Kenneth, PO3, (1968-1972) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Raymond, Kenneth, SCPO, (1971-1997) MS MS-3527 Petty Officer Third Class
ROBERTSON, LEEROY, PO3, (1969-1973) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Sagerhorn, Patrick, PO3, (1966-1970) AK AK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Spires, Tony, CDR, (1971-2001) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Wailes, Richard, PO1, (1968-1989) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Wyatt, Charles, PO3, (1967-1970) SM SM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Brakefield, James, SN, (1969-1972) CT CT-2318 Seaman

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