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Thomas Boyle, Jr. '66

Date of birth: September 14, 1944

Date of death: March 8, 1968

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1966 Lucky Bag:


From the June 1968 issue of SHIPMATE.

From the June 1968 issue of SHIPMATE:

Lt. (jg) Thomas J. Boyle, Jr., USN, died 8 March near Lemoncove, Calif., in an aircraft accident. He had been serving with Attack Squadron 122, based at Lemoore Naval Air Station, Calif. Memorial services were held in the Naval Air Station Chapel, Lemoore. A celebrated Mass in St. Teresa's Church, Springfield, Ohio, was conducted by five priests, including his brother, Fr. Tim Boyle of Rome, N. Y., and an uncle, Fr. John Boyle of Cincirmati. Interment was in St. Bernard's Cemetery.

Lt. Boyle was born in Springfield, and attended St. Aloysius Academy at Rome, N. Y. He was president of the junior and senior classes, a representative to Boys State, and an E^gle Scout. As a midshipman he was a member of the 150-pound football team. He was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1966.

After flight training in Pensacola, Lt. Boyle was assigned to Meridian, Miss., then to Beeville, Tex., where he received his wings in October 1967. He reported to Lemoore on 17 Dec. 1967. At the time of the accident he was on a routine tactical training flight in a Corsair II; reports indicate that he had time to eject from the plane prior to the crash but did not, because of danger to the town of Lemoncove.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Boyle of 5208 N. Francis Ave., Oklahoma City, Ok. 73118; his brother, who is an assistant at St. Paul's Church in Rome, N. Y., and a sister, Mrs. Mary Joan Mattoon of Amsterdam, N. Y.

Thomas is buried in Ohio.

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Class of 1966

Thomas is one of 36 members of the Class of 1966 on Virtual Memorial Hall.