Loomis, Thomas, CAPT

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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


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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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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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Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)

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KEENE, T.J., CAPT, (1954-1984) OFF 131X Commander
Bowman, Robert, CDR, (1955-1980) OFF 112X Lieutenant Commander
Clark, William, CDR, (1956-1984) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Cogswell, Thomas Milon, LCDR OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Cox, Landon, CDR, (1963-1985) Lieutenant Commander
Dunkle, James, CDR, (1964-1986) Lieutenant Commander
Gibfried, Charles, CAPT, (1959-1986) OFF 310X Lieutenant Commander
Hargrave, Paul, CDR, (1951-1977) Lieutenant Commander
Hartman, Richard, CAPT, (1963-1994) Lieutenant Commander
Innes, Henry Edgar, CAPT, (1960-1985) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Kiem, Robert, CAPT, (1956-1993) Lieutenant Commander
LeMoyne, Irve Charles, RADM, (1961-1996) OFF 113X Lieutenant Commander
Maxon, Bruce, CAPT, (1957-1989) Lieutenant Commander
Paddock, John, RADM, (1964-2001) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Perkins, Robert, CDR, (1960-1980) Lieutenant Commander
Singer, Edward, CDR, (1962-1976) Lieutenant Commander
Bishop, Ronald, CDR, (1965-1985) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Carter, Ron, LCDR, (1964-1984) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Craighill, John, CAPT, (1967-1996) OFF 111X Lieutenant
DeCoursey, Donald, LT, (1960-1975) OFF Lieutenant
Downey, Bob, CAPT, (1964-1992) Lieutenant
Freas, Pete, CDR, (1962-1991) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Gilbert, Richard, CAPT, (1969-1994) OFF 110X Lieutenant
Gordon, Edward, CAPT, (1969-1995) OFF 132X Lieutenant
Hickey, William, LCDR, (1969-1989) OFF 161X Lieutenant
Hollister, John, CDR, (1969-1989) OFF 180X Lieutenant
Hull, Brad, LCDR, (1955-1978) OFF Lieutenant
Joslin, Roland, CDR, (1955-1984) OFF 135X Lieutenant
Judnich, Frank, LCDR, (1961-1981) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Kearney, Michael, CAPT, (1964-1990) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Lynch, Mike, CDR, (1962-1986) Lieutenant
Mallett, Paul, CAPT, (1968-1992) OFF 111X Lieutenant
McPartlin, Ray, CAPT, (1960-1986) Lieutenant
McTigue, James, CAPT, (1969-1999) OFF 110X Lieutenant
Moore, Wesley, CDR, (1961-1987) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Murphy, James, CAPT, (1967-1994) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Ristorcelli, Charles, CAPT, (1963-1997) OFF 000X Lieutenant
Russell, Donald, CDR, (1966-1989) Lieutenant
Sheldon, John, CDR, (1967-1988) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Shepherd, Robert, CDR, (1968-1988) Lieutenant
Sixsmith, Howard, CDR, (1959-1987) OFF 230X Lieutenant
Smith, Jeffrey Forrest, LCDR, (1965-1977) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Sturges, James, LCDR, (1967-1979) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Thacker, Vester, LCDR, (1961-1981) Lieutenant
Van Tassel, Paul, LCDR, (1963-1983) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Wells, Kent, LCDR, (1966-1986) Lieutenant
White, Richard, LT, (1962-1975) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Leestma, David Cornell, CAPT, (1971-1992) OFF 139X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Gundersen, Edward, CWO3, (1956-1977) OFF 751X Chief Warrant Officer 2
Athey, Ron, CPO, (1957-1981) TM TM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Magtaas, Rolando, SCPO, (1960-1980) Petty Officer First Class
Domingo, Dominador, CPO, (1965-1988) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Peters, Timothy, PO2, (1972-1978) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Radford, David, PO2, (1971-1975) EN EN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Romero, Reynaldo, MCPO, (1967-1989) MR MR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Runcie, Craig, PO2, (1969-1973) RM RM-0000 Seaman
Branch Dental Clinic NPS Monterey (Faculty Staff)

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