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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  1972-1973, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
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1972
ToYear
1973

College
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

Major
Master's degrees in Systems Management
   
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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.

After retiring from the Navy, Loomis was named assistant dean in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. As director of development, he was responsible for raising more than $34 million for the school. Friends donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in his honor to create the Thomas A. Loomis Endowed Lectureship and the Thomas A. Loomis Endowed Scholarships, which continue to support graduate students in the business school.

   
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