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Re: Cmdr. Stokes NOT KIA

April 25 2009 at 2:29 AM
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Response to Re: Cmdr. Stokes NOT KIA



I've dicovered Vice Admiral Thomas Murray Stokes's date of death well after the war ended: on Christmas day 1989. This is the Washington Post's obituary on him, published Dec 28, 1989:

"Thomas M. Stokes, 90, a retired Navy vice admiral who was a much decorated destroyer commander in the Pacific in World War II, died of pneumonia Dec. 25 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Charles Town, W.Va.
Adm. Stokes, a farmer near Charles Town since retiring from the service in 1956, took part in some of the most dramatic episodes in the early months of the war against the Japanese.
He commanded the destroyer GRAYSON as part of the escort of the carrier HORNET, from which then-Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle launched his famous raid against Tokyo on April 18, 1942.
At the end of May 1942, the future admiral was given command of Destroyer Division 10, and he led it into the Solomon Islands..."

So, a bit more info on his postwar life, but nothing on his wartime role in the free-of-charge part of this obit that we didn't know previously.


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  • obituary for VAdm Thomas Murray Stokes - Nelson on Apr 25, 2009, 3:32 PM
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