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Thomas Denton, ETC (SS/SW), USN (Ret)
Born in 1955, raised in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Tom joined the U.S. Navy in 1973. As a Navigation Electronics Technician, he became Qualified in Submarines while serving aboard the USS GEORGE C. MARSHALL (SSBN 654). Tom completed seven deterrent patrols operating out of Rota, Spain.
While stationed aboard the USS HOLLAND (AS 32), Tom circled the world by way of the island of Diego Garcia.
Bringing the USS FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (SSBN 657) out of overhaul in Newport News, VA, Tom completed Demonstration and Shakedown Operations (DASO) in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and then completed an additional 2 deterrent patrols.
Tom made Chief Petty Officer, obtained his Surface Warfare Qualification and served as QA Chief Inspector on the USS CANOPUS (AS 34) in Kings Bay, GA.
Completing his sea duty, Tom reported to shore duty at DAM NECK, VA and a final shore duty tour at TRIDENT Refit Facility KINGS BAY, GA., completing 22 years of active duty.
As a self-taught artist he became Plankowner of the ST MARYs SUBMARINE MUSEUM in ST MARY's GA and Staff Artist of the AMERICAN SUBMARINER magazine for US SUBMARINE VETERANS, INC. Tom is a nationally known nautical/submarine artist, as well as landscapes and other disciplines, and provides prints of his paintings/illustrations through his web site: submarineart.com.
Tom lives in WALKERSVILLE MD with wife Debbie and has three children, Angela, Kim and Justin.
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