Admiral Charles Thomas "Tommy" Booth, II

 

Admiral Charles Thomas "Tommy" Booth, II
First Commander of USS Ranger CVA-61
Birth: Jan. 12, 1910
Penacook
Merrimack County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Feb. 21, 1989
Greenville
Greenville County
South Carolina, USA

US Navy Vice Admiral. Booth graduated from the US Naval Academy at 
Annapolis in 1931. He would have a short tour of sea duty before he went 
to Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida for flight training. He was 
designated a Naval Aviator on January 27, 1933 and spent three years in 
Observation Squadron One aboard the USS Oklahoma and aboard the USS 
Saratoga. His next assignment was with Patrol Squadrons 3F and 5F at Coco 
Sol, Canal Zone. In June of 1940 he returned to school at Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology and received a Master of Science degree. A month 
later he joined VF-4 aboard the USS Ranger CV-4. He next was assigned as 
Assistant Flight Test Officer in January, 1943 at Naval Air Station 
Anacostia, DC, as well as at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. 
He then was Operations Officer on the staffs of ComCarDiv12 and CarDiv7 
followed by 15 months as Executive Officer of the USS Princeton CV-37. He 
was next assigned to the Military Requirements Division, Air Warfare 
Branch of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. After attending the 
Navy All Weather Flight School at Corpus Christi, Texas, Captain Booth 
assumed command of Composite Squadron 4 in July of 1950. His next 
assignments would include Director of Electronic Tests, Naval Air Test 
Center, Patuxent River, Maryland; student at the National War College; 
command of USS Badoeng Strait; on the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. 
Pacific Fleet. He was next assigned duties at Newport News Shipbuilding 
and Dry Dock Company in connection with the fitting out of the USS Ranger. 
He became the first Commanding Officer of the USS Ranger upon her 
commissioning on August 10, 1957 and from 1965 to 1969 was the Commander, 
Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet. He was awarded the Navy Cross for 
extraordinary heroism while in North Africa while serving as a pilot of a 
carrier based Navy Fighter Plane. Booth retired as a Vice Admiral.

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