From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Fisher '18

Date of birth: September 18, 1894

Date of death: July 30, 1931

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1918 Lucky Bag:

The Class of 1918 was graduated on June 28, 1917 due to World War I.


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Thomas was lost on July 30, 1931 when the plane he was piloting broke up during practice dive-bombing off the coast of California. He was the executive officer of Bombing Squadron (VB) 2B, flying from USS Saratoga (CV 3).

His body was never recovered. He was survived by his wife and mother.

Prior Accidents

On June 21, 1927 he was the only survivor of a crash (that killed two others) off the coast of California; he swam several hours to shore.

On July 24, 1930, he successfully bailed out of an aircraft near San Diego.

Schiff Trophy

From Davis-Monthan Aviation Field Register:

Lieutenant Thomas Geary Fisher, USN, familiarly known throughout the service as "Bubbles", was presented the Schiff Trophy at noon, Saturday, December 14th, by President Hoover. The Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Mt. Jahnke, read the citation. The Assistant Seoretary of the Navy for Aeronautics, Admiral Hughes, Admiral Leigh and Admiral Moffett, accompanied by their aides were present during the ceremony. The ceremony took place without accident, except that "Bubbles" dropped the cup.

Mr. William Schiff gave a dinner at the Mayflower Hotel at 8:00 o'clock, Saturday, December 14th, in honor of Lieutenant Fisher. This dinner was attended by eighty-eight guests and from all reports it appears that they had a most enjoyable evening.

Lieutenant Fisher is a resident of Oxon Hill, Maryland. He was born 18 September, 1894, at Fort Foote, Maryland. He attended public schools in Maryland and Washington, leaving Eastern High School, Washington, D.C. in 1913 to enter the Naval Academy. He graduated from the Academy in June, 1917, and during the World War served aboard the USS MACDONOUGH. He was attached to the USS UPSHUR in China ater the war and was then transferred to the USS UTAH. After serving board the USS FOX and USS STURTEVANT, he was ordered to Pensacola, Florida, in June 1923, for aviation training. After completing that course, he was ordered to VF Squadron One (Fighting Squadron One) of the Battle Fleet, where he served until July, 1926.

He was in command of Squadron VN7D11 at San Diego, Calif., from December, 1927, to July 15, 1929. He is now the executive officer of VB Squadron Two-B, attached to the USS SARATOGA.

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Class of 1918

Thomas is one of 14 members of the Class of 1918 on Virtual Memorial Hall.