Captain Charles Thomas "Tommy" Booth, II
10 August 1957 - 5 March 1958
Graduated from the Naval Academy in 1931
Retired with the rank of Vice Admiral
Capt. Booth was born in Pennacook, NH, 10 Jan 1910. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy 4 June 1931 and commissioned an Ensign.
After a short tour of sea duty, Capt. Booth went to NAS Pensacola, FL as a student aviator. He graduated and was designated a Naval Aviator 27 Jan 1933. He then spent three years in Observation Squadron ONE aboard USS Oklahoma (BB-37) and VF-6* aboard USS Saratoga (CV-3). Then followed flying with Patrol Squadrons 3F and 5F at Coco Solo, Canal Zone.
Capt. Booth then went back to school culminating in a Master of Science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 1940. A month later he joined VF-4* aboard USS Ranger (CV-4). He asssumed command of VF-4 in June 1941. Capt. Booth would earn the Navy Cross for actions in North Africa while serving with VF-4.
Capt. Booth was assigned as Assistant Flight Test Officer in January 1943 at NAS Anacostia, DC, followed by a similar assignment at NAS Patuxent River, MD. He then was Operations Officer on the staffs of ComCarDiv12 and CarDiv7 followed by 15 months as Executive Officer of USS Princeton (CV-37). He was then assigned to the Military Requirements Division, Air Warfare Branch of the Office of the CNO.
After attending the Navy All-Weather Flight School at Corpus Christi, TX Capt. Booth assumed command of Composite Squadron 4 in July 1950. Then followed assignments Director of Electronic Tests, Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD; student at the National War College; command of USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116); on the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Capt. Booth was then assigned duties at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in connection with the fitting out of USS Ranger (CVA-61). Capt. Booth became the first Commanding Officer of USS Ranger upon her commissioning on 10 Aug 1957.
* - Modern designation for Fighter Squadron
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