THOMAS A. BANTA, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Banta '54

Date of birth: December 5, 1930

Date of death: September 25, 1958

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1954 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Tom was lost when a USS Randolph (CVA 15) catapult "bridle detached from one hook and dragged A4D-2 BuNo 142702 sideways down track and upside down into sea" on September 25, 1958.

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

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George Gardner, Jr. '46 was also a member of Attack Squadron (VA) 72 and also lost during USS Randolph's 1959 Mediterranean Sea deployment.

Other

Tom's wife remarried. His sword was, as of December 2009, going to be given to a Virginia Tech NROTC midshipman.


Class of 1954

Thomas is one of 38 members of the Class of 1954 in Memorial Hall.