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Born: July 10, 1928
Died: March 31, 2017
Lived in Portsmouth for 38 years
Thomas W. Lyons Jr.
Commendations: See details
Korean War, Taiwan Conflict, Vietnam War,
- US Navy
USS Colahan (DD-658)
Joint Services Commendation Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; China Service Medal; Korean Service Medal (3 Stars); United Nations Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Korean __C; American Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Service Medal (3 Stars); Meritorious Service Medal.
Capt. Lyons attended De La Salle Academy, Admiral Farragut Academy and Brown University before entering the Naval Academy from which he graduated with the Class of 1952 as a member of the 20th Company. He reported to the USS Colahan (DD-658) and made two deployments to Korea and then reported to the USS John S McCain DL-3. Following a tour in USS Tolovana AO-64 he reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey where he was a member of the first class in Communication Engineering. This was followed by staff communication billets with Destroyer Flotilla One in Yokusuka, Japan, Naval Forces Europe in London, England, Military Assistance Command Vietnam, the Defense Communication Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington. In between he served as Executive Officer of the USS James E Kyes DD 758, attended the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA was Executive Officer of USS Arcadia AD-14 and commanded the USS William R Rush DD714. In 1976 he assumed command of Naval Communications Area Master Station Western Pacific in Guam from which he retired in 1978.