The excerpt to the right of his picture was taken from the March 1, 1945 "Pills & Shots" newsletter that was published by the ship's doctor, Lt. George Johnson. The excerpt helped introduce Lt. Commander Owen to the ship's crew. Mr. Owen made a career of the Navy, retiring as Rear Admiral Owen in 1970.
THOMAS BARRON OWEN
Lieutenant Commander Thomas Barron Owen, USN, Executive Officer of U.S.S. BUSH, was born in Seattle, Washington on the 19th of March 1920. He spent his boyhood in Seattle where he attended grammer and high school.
After graduation from high school he entered the University of Washington, majoring in chemical engineering. While attending university he was active in Naval R.O.T.C. and upon graduation in 1940 accepted a commission in the Navy.
He was married on Christmas Eve, 1944. Mrs. Owen is a Yeoman Second Class in the Spars.
Since entering the Navy his various tours of duty have included the Catalpa (AN), the Boggs (DMS), the Northampton, the Nashville, the St. Louis and the Honolulu. He was aboard the Northampton when she was sunk in the fourth Battle of Savo, and the Honolulu when she was torpedoed in Leyte Gulf.
Mr. Owen wears a Ribbon of Commendation, and the Silver Star.
In the short time that Mr. Owen has been aboard the BUSH we have come to realize that he is a fine officer and shipmate.
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