Saturday, August 29, 2009

Aerial salute to late Navy flier : Thomas Macleod Jr. served in World War II and Korea during 30-year career


August 29, 2009 7:52 AM

An aerial salute by a pair of fighter jets was performed as part of a memorial service Friday to honor decorated career Navy man Thomas LeBreton Macleod Jr., who died Aug. 16.

Born Nov. 3, 1921, to Thomas and Minnie Macleod, Mr. Macleod was married for 57 years to the late Ann Macleod, with whom he had three sons. He is survived by son Ron, with wife Andra and their sons Grayson and Hudson; and son Scott, with wife Diana and their children Maile and Miles.

Mr. Macleod is preceded in death by his oldest son Tommy, who passed away in 1989.

Thomas Macleod learned to fly at the age of 17 from well-known aviator Waldo Dean Waterman.

After being the recipient of approximately 15 awards during his 30 years in the Navy, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Airman's Medal, he retired in 1975.

He served in both World War II and the Korean War, during which he flew in more than 30 combat-strike missions and received a personal letter from President Truman for distinguished service.

Mr. Macleod earned his bachelor's degree in geology at UCLA and an MBA from USC.

After his service, he continued to serve by working with the Department of Defense as a senior engineer for Lockheed International programs in the development of anti-submarine warfare programs.

He was buried Friday with full military honors at Santa Barbara Cemetery.

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