From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Cummins '35

Date of birth: June 7, 1913

Date of death: November 14, 1940

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


Thomas was lost when his plane crashed near Oahu, Hawaii, on November 14, 1940. He was designated a naval aviator (#5964) in 1939. He was attached to the USS Yorktown (CV-5) at the time of his death.

Thomas was survived by his parents, Major-General and Mrs. Joseph M. Cummins, two sisters, Mrs. R.J.B. Page and Kathleen Cummins, and his brother, Captain Joseph M. Cummins Jr. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


His oldest brother, Joseph, graduated West Point in 1934. Joseph earned the Silver Star and Bronze Star before he was killed in action in Germany in 1945. Their father was a Major General in the Army; their grandfather was also an infantryman.

Thomas is identified as the pilot of a BT-1 bomber from Bombing Squadron (VB) 5, pictured in the Pacific in July 1940 after having gone over the side of USS Yorktown (CV 5) during flight operations. He apparently was not seriously injured.

Class of 1935

Thomas is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.