THOMAS G. PUCKETT, ENS, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Puckett '63

Date of birth: July 16, 1940

Date of death: November 19, 1963

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1963 Lucky Bag:


Obituary

via USNA Class of 1963:

Navy Plane Pilot Killed at Airport

Another Navy training plane [a T-28] crashed near here this week. Ensign Thomas Puckett. 23. of Tulsa, Okla., was killed when his Whiting Field based Navy trainer crashed at the Brewton Airport Tuesday afternoon.

Dr. George Perry, Escambia County coroner, said that the plane had just made a turn before landing when it struck the top of a pine tree and crashed several hundred feet from the runway. Ensign Puckett was on a solo flight at the time of the accident. He was practicing landing at the Brewton Airport which is used by the student pilots from Whiting.

The pilot was a resident of Rt.3, Pensacola. near Milton, and is survived by his wife. Brewton Standard Nov. 21, 1963

From the March 1964 issue of SHIPMATE:

Tom will long be remembered for his quick smile and his deep sincerity toward everyone who came in contact with him.


Class of 1963

Thomas is one of 29 members of the Class of 1963 in Memorial Hall.