THOMAS M. GARDINER, III, LTJG, USN
Thomas Gardiner, III '50
Date of birth: October 9, 1928
Date of death: July 27, 1954
From the 1950 Lucky Bag:
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.