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Thomas Doyle '81

Date of birth: October 30, 1959

Date of death: August 21, 1984

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1981 Lucky Bag:

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Thomas was killed when the LTV A-7 Corsair II he was piloting struck the ramp on landing approach to the USS Midway.


From the December 1984 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Thomas Richard Doyle USN was lost at sea in an aircraft accident on 21 August 1984 while operating from USS MIDWAY (CV-41) in the East China Sea. Memorial services were held on board MIDWAY on 26 August and in Woodland Hills, California, on 27 August.

The son of Cdr. and Mrs. James P . Doyle USN (Ret.), he was born in Bethesda, Maryland, and reared in Southern California. Upon graduation from high school he received a Presidential appointment to the Naval Academy and was graduated with the Class of 1981. A mechanical engineering major, he was active in intramural sports and was Color Company Commander in his first class year.

Following graduation he reported to Pensacola, Florida, for flight training and was designated Naval Aviator in April 1983. Upon completion of A-7E replacement training with Attack Squadron 122 in Lemoore, California, he reported to Attack Squadron 56, permanently deployed on board MIDWAY in Yokosuka, Japan.

He was a life member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association.

He is survived by his parents, 5135 Kelvin Avenue, Woodland Hills CA 91364; two brothers and three sisters. One brother, LCdr. Patrick R. Doyle USN '72 is serving in the same squadron. The family has requested that expressions of sympathy be made to the Lt. Thomas R. Doyle Memorial Fund in care of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, 247 King George St., Annapolis MD 21402.

Thomas is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Class of 1981

Thomas is one of 14 members of the Class of 1981 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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