Stephen Thomas - Biography


Biography : Stephen Thomas
email c/o:   (Daiuy map, of course, is Vietnamese for Captain Fatso.)

  • Born Charleston, SC, 30 January 1940. 
  • Attended Charleston public schools and flunked out of MIT in January 1958 after one semester. Graduated from College of Charleston 1962 with a BS in English. (To get a BA I would have had to take Latin and Greek.) 
  • December 1962 completed OCS. 
  • January 1963 reported to EARLE B. HALL (APD 107) . 
  • January 1965 reported to BJU-2 and made one Mediterranean cruise and one North Atlantic operation, as well as the 1965 Dominican Republic crisis. 
  • November 1966 to November 1968, operations officer of HALEAKALA (AE 25) with additional duty as navigator for the last few months. Two WestPac cruises. 
  • November 1968 - February 1971 (Not March as I mistakenly indicated on the article cover; it has been almost 32 years.) BSU-1: First Lieutenant; OIC PTF 13; OIC MST Danang; Training Officer; OIC Danang again. 
  • March 1971 - June 1972 Assistant Engineering Officer (Engineering inspector) COMSCPAC. Passed over twice for LCDR. 
  • July 1972 - February 1974, unsuccessful search for employer who needed an experienced PTF skipper with a BS in English. 
  • February 1974 started at VA Regional Office, Columbia, SC, as claims examiner then as disability rating specialist from 1978. 
  • Retired in September 1994 and have since kept myself as busy as I want to be as a department service officer and claims consultant for DAV. 
  • Still single. Still looking. 

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