THOMAS A. RYAN, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Thomas Ryan '59

Date of birth: December 12, 1937

Date of death: May 16, 1961

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1959 Lucky Bag:

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THOMAS A. RYAN

Danville, California

Seventeenth Company

"T.A.," another of the elite who claims California as his home, came to Crabtown as a well traveled Navy Junior. Academics never troubled Tom too much, and he rarely ever passed up an opportunity to hit the rack if homework was not pressing. For four years Tom was a standout on the company basketball team, leading them to a regimental crown during his Youngster year. He was also a handyman in the Natatorium and on the Academy links. Second Class summer at Pensacola seems to have shown Tom the best way of life for him. Look for him in the wild blue yonder in the near future.

1959 Ryan LB.jpg

THOMAS A. RYAN

Danville, California

Seventeenth Company

"T.A.," another of the elite who claims California as his home, came to Crabtown as a well traveled Navy Junior. Academics never troubled Tom too much, and he rarely ever passed up an opportunity to hit the rack if homework was not pressing. For four years Tom was a standout on the company basketball team, leading them to a regimental crown during his Youngster year. He was also a handyman in the Natatorium and on the Academy links. Second Class summer at Pensacola seems to have shown Tom the best way of life for him. Look for him in the wild blue yonder in the near future.

Loss

Tom was lost when his F3H Demon fighter crashed in Southern California on May 16, 1961.

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Thomas received his flight training at Pensacola. When he was killed, he was attached to Navy Fighter Squadron 121 based at Miramar.

Memorial services were held with a requiem mass celebrated at St. Matthew’s Church on May 22. His fellow officers served as honor guard. Interment was in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, San Pablo.

He was survived by his father, Navy Captain Albert F., Jr. ('33) and Mrs. Ryan of Alamo; sister Terry, brother Dennis, and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Fred O’Brien.

He was flying an aircraft belonging to Fighter Squadron (VF) 114.

There is an article about a 2010 Veterans Day hike to the crash site.


Class of 1959

Thomas is one of 32 members of the Class of 1959 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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