THOMAS M. GARDINER, III, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Gardiner, III '50

Date of birth: 1928

Date of death: July 27, 1954

Age: ~26

Lucky Bag

From the 1950 Lucky Bag:

Loss

LTJG Thomas Moir Gardiner, III served aboard the USS Hornet, in July 1954 his plane veered over the side and sank almost immediately during operations in the China Sea. This is a photograph of his memorial service on July 27th 1954 aboard the USS Hornet.

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.