Thomas Marshall "Tom" Lemon, Jr., Class of 1943

(??/??/1922 07/31/2016)

 

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CAPT Thomas Marshall Lemon, Jr. USN (Ret) passed away on July 31, 2016 in Merritt Island, FL. He was 93. It is believed that he was born in 1922. His father was Thomas Marshall Lemon, Sr. Nothing else is known about Tom’s early life.

Tom came to UT in the fall of 1940 and joined the new Naval ROTC Unit there. He was one of the original 110 Plank Owners of the Unit. While at UT he was also a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. In his last year, 1943, he represented Phi Kappa Sigma on the Interfraternity Council. In June of 1943, he like all the other Midshipmen was sworn in on active duty. Later that month he was commissioned with the first commissioning class for the NROTC Unit. He was one of thirteen in that first class.

Tom then went off to fight in WWII but we know very little of his time in the Navy. He did stay in and made a career of it, though. In 1947 he graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School with a degree in Naval Intelligence. He was on the staff of RADM William A. Stuart, Hunter Killer Force Atlantic Fleet, embarked on USS Randolph (CVS-15) on a Med Cruise in 1965. The anchor outside the Naval ROTC Building at UT is from the Randolph. Tom retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain.

He was survived by his wife, Ailsa; two daughters, Conley Barker and Rebecca Lemon; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Rebecca. He was sadly missed his dog, Jeanie.

Tom was interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. Most of this information comes from a death announcement published in FLORIDA TODAY on August 10, 2016. Other information came from the UT Cactus yearbook and ancestry.com. If you have additional information about Tom, please send it to the webmaster.

 

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