THOMAS F. SHARP, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Sharp '35

Date of birth: October 4, 1912

Date of death: April 3, 1943

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Thomas was lost when USS Pickerel (SS 177) was sunk by Japanese vessels north of Honshū on April 3, 1943. He was the boat's executive officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He was also survived by his brother, Ulysses Simpson Grant Sharp, who was class of 1927 and retired as an Admiral and Commander in Chief, Pacific.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Thomas Frederick Sharp (NSN: 0-75417), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. PICKREL (SS-177), during the first FIVE War Patrols of that Submarine in enemy waters from 8 December 1941 to 26 August 1942. As Assistant Approach Officer, his excellent judgment and thorough knowledge of attack problems assisted his Commanding Officer considerably in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of two enemy freighters, totaling 10,000 tons, and the damaging of an additional enemy freighter of 4,800 tons. His coolness and devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific: Serial 03958 (July 12, 1945)
Action Date: December 8, 1941 - August 26, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Assistant Approach Officer
Division: U.S.S. Pickrel (SS-177)


Class of 1935

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