Robert E. Thomas, Jr., Capt. USN., (Ret.) , WWII, Navy Cross, *PHM, *PHSA

Name: Robert E. Thomas, Jr.

Rank: Captain

Service: U. S. Navy (Retired)

Specialty: Gunnery Officer / Civil Engineer

Active Duty Dates: June 1937 to February 1964

Armed Conflicts: WWII

Campaigns: Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

Decorations & Awards: Navy Cross, Purple Heart Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Pearl Harbor Survivors Medal, American Theater, American Defense, American Victory Medal

Speaking Subjects: Pearl Harbor Attack aboard the U.S.S. Nevada.

Official Navy Cross Citation

CAPT Robert E. Thomas, Jr., U.S.N.

Citation: Navy Cross

War: World War II

CAPTAIN ROBERT E. THOMAS, JR ., (then Ensign), U. S. Navy. For distinguished service in line of his profession, exceptional courage, coolness, and devotion to duty during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. Despite heavy enemy bombing, strafing and torpedo attacks Ensign Thomas, battery officer on the 5” anti-aircraft battery of the U.S.S. Nevada, although seriously wounded and handicapped by heavy casualties to the personnel of the battery maintained a highly effective fire from his battery. Ensign Thomas reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

CPT Thomas resides in California.