TOM S. SUTHERLAND, LCDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 5, 1915
Date of death: November 16, 1944
Age: 29

Lucky Bag

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From the 1939 Lucky Bag:

TOM SLAUGHTER SUTHERLAND

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Pug, Tom

KANSAS CITY lose a potentially great politician the day that Tom began the long trek eastward to theSchool on the Severn. His gift of gab and ability to see the humorous side of any and all situations have made him the central figure in many a bull session. Although he practical Scotch blood in Pug never enabled him to appreciate fully the beauty of the French language, he had little trouble weathering the storms brewed by the academic departments. An injury Youngster year kept him from his first love—wrestling—but he devoted his natural athletic ability to any sport that happened to be in season. His good nature and infections grin have helped smooth out many a bump, and made it a happier four years.

Football 4; Wrestling 4, 3, 2, 1; Track 4, 3, 2, 1; G.P.O.

Loss

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Tom was lost when USS Scamp (SS 277) was sunk, possibly by a Japanese surface craft or mine, south of Tokyo Bay, probably on November 16, 1944. He was the boat's executive officer.

He has a memory marker in Texas.

Tom was awarded the Bronze Star medal; unable to find citation.


Class Navigation

Class of 1939
Tom is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.
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