THOMAS M. GARDINER, III, LTJG, USN
Birthdate & Date of Loss
|Date of birth:||1928|
|Date of death:||July 27, 1954|
From the 1950 Lucky Bag:
THOMAS MOIR GARDINER III
Another enthusiastic member of California's far-flung Chamber of Commerce, Hap tore himself away from the Bay area to become Oakland's threat to national security. Since then his adventurous personality and ability to enmesh himself in Henry Aldrich difficulties have kept him on top of the Bancroft popularity poll. Tom's sizzling southpaw strokes won many a victory for Navy on the tennis courts. Seldom finding it necessary to strain academically, his evening study hours were devoted to helping befuddled Math buckets, and to picking up evening radio shows. His effervescent humor and good-natured cooperation, combined with genuine leadership, form the attributes necessary for success when prepping ends on the Severn.
From USNA 1950:
Hap remained at the Naval Academy after graduation teaching steam to Plebes. Flight training at Pensacola and Corpus Christi was followed by a tour with VF-93, aboard the USS Philippine Sea, for the last eight months of the Korean war. Aboard the USS Hornet, his plane veered over the side and sank almost immediately during operations in the China Sea.
Hap was in his F9F-5 aircraft; the date was July 27, 1954. He is buried in California.
|Class of 1950|
|Thomas is one of 35 members of the Class of 1950 in Memorial Hall.|
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