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|7k||William Garfield Thomas, Jr. was born in Watsontown, Pa. on 13 September 1916. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve at Philadelphia 14 June 1940. He was appointed midshipman 10 August, commissioned ensign 14 November 1940, and promoted to lieutenant (j.g.) 15 June 1942. He was serving in light cruiser Boise (CL 47) during the Battle of Cape Esperance 11-12 October 1942. When his "turret was hit by enemy fire and danger of ... explosions grew increasingly imminent, Lt. (j.g.) Thomas with utter disregard of his own personal safety remained behind to ensure abandonment of the perilous area . . . Despite the fact that eight of his men succeeded in getting out and that he too might easily have escaped . . . Thomas when last seen was telephoning the handling room to order the crew out." He was awarded the Navy Cross for giving up his life in the defense of his country.
USS Garfield Thomas (DE 193) (1943-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the Ebensburg-Cambria High School, Ebensburg, PA. (1934 Yearbook)
|150k||undated wartime photo||Tony Vrailas|
|30k||15 January 1951: Boston, Mass. - USS Eldridge (DE 173) and USS Garfield Thomas (DE 193). Ceremony at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Massachusetts, transferring the ships to the Royal Hellenic Navy under the provisions of the U.S. Mutual Defense Assistance Program. The ships served in the Greek Navy as, respectively, Leon and Panthir.||U.S. Department of State - O'Donnell|
|97k||HNS Panthir (D-67), late 1960's||Tony Vrailas|
|97k||18 August 1979: Barcelona, Spain - Greek DEs Ierax (D-31) (ex-Ebert DE 768) and Panthir (D-67) (ex-Garfield Thomas DE 193).||Fabio Pena|
|61k||laid up at Souda Bay Crete 1995||Tony Vrailas|
|Garfield Thomas's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 24 Jan. 1944 - 01 Apr. 1945||Lcdr. Richard G. Werner, USNR (comm.)|
|2.) 01 Apr. 1945 - 24 Jul. 1945||Lt. Edwin D. Duryea, Jr., USNR|
|3.) 24 Jul. 1945 - 23 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. Joseph Ross Filling, Jr., USNR|
|4.) 23 Nov. 1945 - 02 Apr. 1946||Lt. Walter D. McCord, Jr.|
|5.) 01 May 1946 - 17 Jun. 1946||Lt.(jg) Raymond R. Scheffler|
|6.) 17 Jun. 1946 - 01 Aug. 1946||Lcdr. Thomas Clay|
|7.) 30 Sep. 1946 - 01 Nov. 1946||Lt. R. R. Scheffler|
|8.) 01 Feb. 1947 - 17 Mar. 1947||Lt.(jg) Charles Cole Smith (decomm)|
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