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Thomas Walker (naval officer)

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Vice Admiral Thomas J. Walker (August 6, 1916 – May 8, 2003) was an officer of the United States Navy, who served as first commanding officer of the aircraft carrier . Early life and education Thomas Jackson Walker III was born in Edgartown, Massachusetts (on the island of Martha's Vineyard), on August 6, 1916, into a family with long maritime connections—three of his great-grandfathers had been whaling ship captains. After attending schools in Massachusetts and Florida, he attended the Marion Military Institute in Alabama. He then entered the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, with the class of 1939, and while there was stroke of the Academy crew and vice-president of his class for four years. World War II Following his commission as an ensign in June 1939, he joined the cruiser . In August 1941, he was detached for flight training at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. Designated Naval Aviator in March 1942, he joined the battleship as Seni
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