ARTHUR B. THOMPSON, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Arthur Thompson '25

Date of birth: April 9, 1901

Date of death: March 31, 1940

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1925 Lucky Bag:

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Arthur Boughton Thompson

Baltimore, Maryland

"Art" "Teets" "Abie"

TEETS realized his first big ambition back in '20 when he signed his name on the dotted line, coughed, and became one of our number. Fate did not deal kindly with Teets, and he was forced to forsake his naval career for a few months, during which time he girded his loins to do battle with the Dago Department. After a hard struggle, which endured for four endless years, we find him with us yet, "bloody but unbowed"—which all goes to prove that a man may be down, but he's never out.

"Don't sit on the bed; here's a chair!!!" Teets has never, to our knowledge, uttered these words, but we well know that similar thoughts have entered his mind. The lad is neat to distraction, and if he were not to do passing well in an exam, we would lay the blame to the fact that his bed was mussed.

With him, the attraction of the sea surpasses that of the opposite sex; in fact, sometimes he is home only to flying fish! He is everybody's friend, not greasy, and a good athlete.

Class Football (4, 3, 2, 1); Class Track (4); Varsity Track (3); Wrestling (2, 1); Class Gym (4, 3, 2); Class Lacrosse (4, 1).

1925 Thompson LB.jpg

Arthur Boughton Thompson

Baltimore, Maryland

"Art" "Teets" "Abie"

TEETS realized his first big ambition back in '20 when he signed his name on the dotted line, coughed, and became one of our number. Fate did not deal kindly with Teets, and he was forced to forsake his naval career for a few months, during which time he girded his loins to do battle with the Dago Department. After a hard struggle, which endured for four endless years, we find him with us yet, "bloody but unbowed"—which all goes to prove that a man may be down, but he's never out.

"Don't sit on the bed; here's a chair!!!" Teets has never, to our knowledge, uttered these words, but we well know that similar thoughts have entered his mind. The lad is neat to distraction, and if he were not to do passing well in an exam, we would lay the blame to the fact that his bed was mussed.

With him, the attraction of the sea surpasses that of the opposite sex; in fact, sometimes he is home only to flying fish! He is everybody's friend, not greasy, and a good athlete.

Class Football (4, 3, 2, 1); Class Track (4); Varsity Track (3); Wrestling (2, 1); Class Gym (4, 3, 2); Class Lacrosse (4, 1).

Loss

Arthur died on March 31, 1940, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound "about two months" prior. He had shot himself while in his cabin aboard USS Teal while that ship was in Seattle, Washington; he was the commanding officer.

Other Information

He was survived by his wife, Florence, and his three children. He is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #3401 on April 7, 1928.



Class of 1925

Arthur is one of 30 members of the Class of 1925 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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