From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Ozburn '02

Date of birth: March 29, 1879

Date of death: July 2, 1911

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1902 Lucky Bag:


From The Boston Post on July 4, 1911:

NEW YORK, July 3. — Lieutenant Thomas L. Ozburn of the United States navy committed suicide on board the gunboat Tacoma yesterday at the New York navy yard by shooting. Lieutenant Ozburn was born in Murphysboro, Ill., and was senior engineer officer of the Tacoma. The Tacoma came here about two weeks ago, after more than a year of patrol duty along the South American coast. On June 24 Lieutenant Ozburn began the test walk of 50 miles in three days, required by the department as a certificate of physical fitness. He completed the test, but returned in low spirits, complaining of pains in his head and hip. To some of his fellow officers he volunteered that an automobile had struck him on the third day of his walk.

Thereafter he had little to say, and his messmates saw him only at prescribed times. Yesterday morning a shot was heard and investigation discovered the lieutenant stretched out in his berth, with a bullet wound in his temple. He never recovered consciousness, and died in half an hour without leaving any message. A wife and one child, a daughter four years old, survive him. Both are at Murphysboro, Ill., where the body will be forwarded.

Class of 1902

Thomas is one of 2 members of the Class of 1902 on Virtual Memorial Hall.