THOMAS G. FISHER, LT, USN

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.

Loss

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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.

Related Articles

Thomas survived a plane crash in 1927 that claimed the life of William Hactor '15.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

March 1918

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS MacDonough

January 1919

Lieutenant, USS Upshur

Others at this command: LT George Grove '15.

January 1920

Lieutenant, USS Upshur

Others at this command: LT George Grove '15.

January 1921

Lieutenant, USS Upshur

January 1922

Lieutenant, USS Utah

May 1923

Lieutenant, USS Sturtevant

Others at this command: LTjg Horatio Sickel, IV '20.

September 1923

Lieutenant, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LT Henry Mullinnix '16, LT William Garrett '18, LT Ten Eyck Veeder, Jr. '19, LTjg Charles Porter '20, LTjg Olin Miner '20, LTjg Vilas Knope '20, LTjg Arnold Isbell '21, and 2LT Harold Hail '21.

November 1923

Lieutenant, under instruction, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida

Others at this command: LT Henry Mullinnix '16, LT William Garrett '18, LT Ten Eyck Veeder, Jr. '19, LTjg Charles Porter '20, LTjg Olin Miner '20, LTjg Vilas Knope '20, LTjg Arnold Isbell '21, and 2LT Harold Hail '21.

May 1924

Lieutenant, for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet, USS Aroostook

Others at this command: LCDR Grattan Dichman '07, LT Conrad Krez '16, and LT William Garrett '18.

July 1924

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron 1

September 1924

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron 1

November 1924

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron 1

Others at this command: LT Arthur Thurston '19.

January 1925

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron 1

March 1925

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron 1

May 1925

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron 1

July 1925

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron 1

October 1925

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron 1

January 1926

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1

October 1926

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

Others at this command: LT William Hactor '15 and LT Hugo Schmidt '16.

January 1927

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

Others at this command: LCDR William Hactor '15 and LCDR Hugo Schmidt '16.

April 1927

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

Others at this command: LCDR William Hactor '15 and LCDR Hugo Schmidt '16.

October 1927

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

January 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

April 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

July 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

October 1928

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

January 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

April 1929

Lieutenant, Naval Air Station San Diego

July 1929

Lieutenant, Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LT Paul Thompson '19 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg John Crane '26 (USS Saratoga), ENS Henry Dozier '27 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Henry Twohy '29 (USS Saratoga).

October 1929

Lieutenant, Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16 and LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Ted Marshall '24 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg John Crane '26 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Henry Twohy '29 (USS Saratoga).

January 1930

Lieutenant, Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LCDR Henry Mullinnix '16 and LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Hubert Waters '25 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), ENS Eugene Lindsey '27 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), ENS John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), ENS Julian Greer '27 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), ENS Loren Morris '27 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), ENS Robert Winters '27 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet), and ENS Henry Twohy '29 (USS Saratoga).

April 1930

Lieutenant, Light Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26, and ENS Julian Greer '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LTjg Charles McDonald '24 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), ENS John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), ENS Henry Twohy '29 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga).

October 1930

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26, LTjg Charles Signer '26, and LTjg Julian Greer '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Warren Graf '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Charles Hart '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS Dudley Morton '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), and ENS John Craig '30 (USS Saratoga).

January 1931

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26, LTjg Charles Signer '26, and LTjg Julian Greer '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Warren Graf '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Charles Hart '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS Dudley Morton '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), and ENS John Craig '30 (USS Saratoga).

April 1931

Lieutenant, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26, LTjg Charles Signer '26, and LTjg Julian Greer '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Warren Graf '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Weldon Hamilton '28 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), and ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga).

July 1931

Lieutenant, commanding officer, Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24, LTjg Eugene Davis '27, and LTjg Julian Greer '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (USS Saratoga), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Renwick Calderhead '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), LTjg Robert Symes '27 (Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga).


Class of 1918

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