Personal Histories

Thomas L. Dwyer ENS (CPT USN ret.)

I was sophomore at Columbia college in New York when the war started on 7 Dec. 1941. In April of 1942, I enlisted in the Navy V-12 Officer Training Program for college sophomores and juniors.

The Navy called me to “active duty” as an Apprentice Seaman on the first of July 1943. I was sent to Cornell for one semester and subsequently to the Columbia Midshipman’s School, where I was commissioned in April ’44 as Ensign (DVG). My orders were to torpedo school at Newport, RI. After a brief tad to Norfolk, VA I received orders to report to Hadley’s pre-commissioning detail which I did in mid October 1944.

A brief summary of my active duty career in the Navy follows:

YEAR ASSIGNMENT REMARKS
10/44 – 07/45 HUGH W. HADLEY (DD774) ASST GUNNERY/TORPEDO/ DEPTH CHARGE OFFICER
11/45 – 06/47 SOLEY (DD707) 1ST LT/X.O.
09/47 – 11/49 PCS 1387, FLEET SONAR C. 0.
01/50 – 07/50 USN POST GRAD SCHOOLINTELLIGENCE STUDENT
07/50-06/52 DISTRICT INTELLIGENCE OFFICEKODIAK, ALASKA ASST DIST INTEL OFFICER
07/52-11/55 OPNAV/ONI PENTAGON INTELLIGENCE ANALYST
11/55-08/57 AMERICAN EMBASSY PARIS, FRANCE ASST NAVAL ATTACHE
10/57-10/58 COMPHIBGRU ONE ASST INTELLIGENCE OFFICER
58-60 OPNAV\ONI INTELLIGENCE ANALYST
60-61 NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT, R.I STUDENT
61-65 STAFF CINCPAC INTELLIGENCE ANALYST
65-68 COMNAVFOR JAPAN YOKASUKA, JAPAN A/CS INTELLIGENCE
68-70 OPNAV ONI INTELLIGENCE
70-74 STAFF CINCPAC DEP J2/J2/EXECUTIVE ASST AND SENIOR AIDE TO CINCPAC
09/01/74 RETIRED

My wife, Marie Therese, and I remained in Hawaii until 1986 when we moved to St. Michaels, MD. Golf and travel are our hobbies. We are convinced that life here is as good as it gets. I have two daughters and two sons by a previous marriage spread from Guam to Hawaii to Florida to England. My shipmates on the Hadley were the absolute best I ever served with. Tested in battle, they performed valiantly and i am proud to have served with them.

M.

Webmaster’s note: Tom passed on 11 May 01.