Conway, Thomas Michael, LT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Chaplain Christian
Last Primary NEC
410X-Chaplain Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 410X, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Chaplain Christian

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Waterbury, CT
Last Address
Buffalo, NY

Casualty Date
Aug 02, 1945
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Drowned, Suffocated
Pacific Ocean
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing (cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Tributes from Members  
From Bill Milhomme posted by Short, Diane (TWS Chief Admin, Ruth, Harding), SA 5075 
 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

 Duty Stations
NAVSTA Newport, RIUS NavyUSS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1942-1943, 410X, NAVSTA Newport, RI
  1943-1944, 410X, USS Medusa (AR-1)
  1944-1945, 410X, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
 Colleges Attended 
Niagara University
  1928-1930, Niagara University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Service number 201102
  Father Conway17
  Fr Thomas Michael Conway Website
  Jun 01, 1931, Other Schools:
  Aug 02, 2013, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Fr. Conway was aboard  USS Indianapolis (CA-35) enroute from Guam to Leyte, Phillippines, after having delivered key components for the atomic bomb (Little Boy). Indianapolis was torpedoed by  the Japanese sub I-85 just after midnight on Monday, 30 July 1945. Two of the six torpedo spread found their marks, and Indy went down in about 12 minutes. Once in the water, Fr. Conway's last 3 days were spent swimming from man to man, group to group, keeping the men's hope for rescue and faith in God in the forefront of their minds. He continued to tend his flock to the last. He finaly succumed to exhaustion and returned to the Lord on 2 Aug. 45 (day 3).
On 20 May 2006, a memorial bust of Fr. Conway was dedicated at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY.
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorWorld War II Fallen
WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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