Gerald W. Thomas

Dr. Gerald W. Thomas was one of the pilots of Torpedo Squadron Four. Forty-one months of active duty with the Navy during World War II earned him three DFCs, two Air Medals, two Presidential Citations, as well as combat ribbons in both the Atlantic and the Pacific Theaters of War. Flying from three aircraft carriers, Lt (jg) Thomas survived several plane crashes and one splash-down in the South China Sea.

After World War II, Thomas was employed by the U.S. Conservation Service in Idaho. He returned to graduate school at Texas A&M in 1950 under the GI Bill. He held teaching and research positions at Texas A&M, was Dean of Agriculture at Texas Tech, and was President of New Mexico State University.

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