Lt. Commander Thomas B. Owen

Executive Officer & Navigator

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Pictured below is Thomas B. Owen in 1944, then a Lieutenant on the USS HONOLULU. By February 12, 1945 he was Lt. Commander Owen and was reporting aboard the USS BUSH as Executive Officer and Navigator. His stint as Executive Officer would be short, as BUSH would be sunk in less than two months. Prior to reporting to the BUSH, he had served aboard the USS NORTHAMPTON (at the Battle of Tassafaronga - the last battle in the Savo Island area) and the USS HONOLULU (torpedoed in Leyte Gulf). When he returned to the States after surviving the loss of BUSH, one admiral told him, "Tom, the next time we are going to send you out in a rubber boat to fight the Japs. You have been sunk too many times."

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 B. Owen, Lt. Commander

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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