GARFIELD THOMAS DE 193
Ship Name and Designation History
This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.
Keel Laid September 23 1943 as WILLIAM G. THOMAS
Renamed November 3 1943
Launched December 12 1943
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USS GARFIELD THOMAS earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.
NAMESAKE - William Garfield Thomas, Jr. USNR (September 13 1916 - October 12 1942)
Thomas enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve at Philadelphia June 14 1940. He was appointed Midshipman August 10, commissioned Ensign November 14 1940, and promoted to Lieutenant (j.g.) June 1942. He was serving in Light Cruiser USS BOISE CL-47 during the Battle of Cape Esperance October 11-12 1942. When his "turret was hit by enemy fire and danger of ... explosions grew increasingly imminent, Lt. (j.g.) Thomas with utter disregard of his own personal safety remained behind to ensure abandonment of the perilous area . . . Despite the fact that eight of his men succeeded in getting out and that he too might easily have escaped . . . Thomas when last seen was telephoning the handling room to order the crew out." He was awarded the Navy Cross for giving up his life in the defense of his country.
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