Veterans' Memorial Project

Thomas Joseph Galvin

Peoria, IL

World War II

College: Commerce & Business Administration

Graduation Year: Attended 1934-1937

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 08/16/1915

Date of Death: 10/16/1944

Affiliations: Pi Kappa Alpha

Lt. Galvin was a Naval Aviator, assigned to the 132nd Bombing Squadron flying out of Port Lyautey, French Morocco. He originally enlisted in the Naval Reserve in September, 1940, and received his commission on September 12, 1941, then resigned his commission to become an Aviation Cadet at Jacksonville, Florida, where he earned his wings on August 27, 1942. Lt. Galvin died on his 45th mission in his PV-1 when he and his crew crashed near Naples, Italy. He earned the Purple Heart, Pilot Wings, American Defense Medal, Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, and European Campaign Medal with 4 Battle Stars. Lt. Galvin is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Peoria (Peoria County), Illinois, Plot 147 Blk G Sec Rge 6 Grave 1, GHS.

-submitted by Charles Fellers, historian and information taken from Web site above

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