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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: August 7, 1920
Date of death: July 2, 1946
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

1943 Buchanan LB.jpg

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Nacogdoches, Texas

"In the year 1845 the Union was admitted to Texas:" quote Mr. Buchanan. Buck brought from the South a genuine love of music, and a mastery of several musical instruments. His good academic record reflected that he was a conscientious worker, yet he could be counted on to find time to join eagerly in a good hot argument. Buck's athletic activities were confined principally to golf and tennis, his active interest in model airplane building and collecting recordings taking up the majority of his remaining free moments. His dragging was moderate, always keeping in the back of his mind the O.A.O. still in Texas. Forceful, and a man you can depend on, '43 is glad to have had him as a classmate.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Thomas was lost on July 2, 1946 when his F4U-4 Corsair crashed off the coast of Virginia while flying from NAS Norfolk. Another Corsair from the same squadron was lost on the same day.

He has a memory marker in Texas.

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Class of 1943
Thomas is one of 77 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.
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