January 28, 1921 (Charleston, WV) – January 10, 1943; 21 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 16 South Main Street, South Norwalk
Enlisted August 21, 1940
Service number: 2661765
USS ARGONAUT (SS-166)
MIA (at sea)
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
The only Norwalker to be Killed In Action on a submarine. Muster roll from the USS Argonaut on December 31, 1942 shows FCM3 Morgan arriving on the sub November 23, 1942. The sub was lost 48 days later.
MORGAN, Thomas M, FCM3, 2661765, USN, from West Virginia, USS Argonaut, location New Britain Island, missing, date of loss January 10, 1943 (pm) + MORGAN, Thomas M, Fire Controlman Third Class, 2661765, USN, from West Virginia, Jan-44, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + MORGAN, Thomas, FC3c, USN, Argonaut SM-1, January 10, 1943 (nm) + MORGAN, Thomas Moore, Fire Controlman 3c, USN. Guardian, Mrs. A. Myslinski, 6 Broad St., Norwalk, Conn)
From history.navy.mil: The USS Argonaut, while operating in the area southeast of New Britain between 5°-15’S and 6°-00’S and west of 150°-50’E during her third patrol, Argonaut (Lieutenant Commander J.R. Pierce) intercepted a Japanese convoy returning to Rabaul from Lae, on 10 January 1943. A U.S. Army plane which was out of bombs saw one destroyer hit by a torpedo, saw the explosion of two other destroyers, and reported five other vessels in the group.
After a severe depth charge attack Argonaut was forced to surface and the destroyers, according to the plane’s report, circled and pumped shells into her bow, which was sticking up at a considerable angle. This action took place in 5°-40’S, 152°-02’E, and further efforts to contact Argonaut by radio were fruitless. It is quite certain, then, that Argonaut met her end in this action. Japanese reports made available since the end of the war record a depth charge attack followed by artillery fire, at which time the “destroyed top of the sub floated”.