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:
|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|
|60-61||NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT, R.I||STUDENT|
|61-65||STAFF CINCPAC||INTELLIGENCE ANALYST|
|65-68||COMNAVFOR JAPAN YOKASUKA, JAPAN||A/CS INTELLIGENCE|
|70-74||STAFF CINCPAC||DEP J2/J2/EXECUTIVE ASST AND SENIOR AIDE TO CINCPAC|
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.
Webmaster’s note: Tom passed on 11 May 01.