From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Mitchell '53

Date of birth: October 17, 1929

Date of death: April 13, 1974

Age: 44

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


From the July-August 1974 issue of Shipmate:

From the July-August 1974 issue of Shipmate.

Cdr. Thomas Jerome Mitchell (CEC) USN, died on 13 April in Subic Bay, Philippines, in an ambush.

A native of Hollywood, Cal., Cdr. Mitchell graduated from the Naval Academy in 1953. Further schooling included the CES Qual. Course at RPI Troy, N.Y., where he received his BCE; Advanced Nuclear Power Course, U.S. Navy Submarine School, New London, Conn.; and the Advanced Civil Engineering Course at Stanford University, where he received his MSCE. Cdr. Mitchell was the first CEC officer to graduate from the Advanced Nuclear Power Course, U.S. Navy Sub School and the first OIC PM-3A Nuclear Power Plant, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. His other tours included duty in USS Knapp; at BuDocks; at PWC Peari; at CO, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One; as an instructor at the Naval War College, R.I.; at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, East Central Div.; and at the Naval Shipyard, Phila. His last duty was a CO, 30th Naval Construction Regiment, Guam.

Cdr. Mitchell had the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Medal and the Antarctic Service Medal.

Surviving are his widow, Lois, Qtrs. 2108, Apt. D, Philadelphia, PA 19112; a son, Thomas Niles; and a daughter Lee Elizabeth.

The ambush was conducted by a group called the New Peoples Army, a communist group in the Philippines. Two other Navy officers were also killed.

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Thomas is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 on Virtual Memorial Hall.