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    Posted: 19 Mar 2016 at 8:39am

PAUL D. TOMB, Rear Admiral USN (Ret.)  

Rear Admiral Paul D. Tomb, USN (Ret.), was born in Syracuse, NY, on August 8, 1929 and passed away on February 22, 2016 in Arlington, VA.

He entered the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1951.

He served aboard TILEFISH, SARGO, THEODORE ROOSEVELT and commanded SKIPJACK and GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER. He was then assigned as Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, HI. After selection for flag rank he was assigned as the Chief, Navy Section, Joint U.S. Military Mission for Aid to Turkey. Admiral Tomb then reported as Commander Submarine Group Eight and Commander Submarines Mediterranean. He retired from active duty on October 1, 1984.

Admiral Tomb is survived by his beloved wife of more than 63 years, Elizabeth Taylor Tomb; children, Laura Ryan (Paul), Kimberly Bishop (Harry), and Mark Tomb (Diane). He has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Inurnment took place at the Naval Academy Columbarium with military honors on March 18, 2016.

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 18, 2016

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Admiral Tomb was my Commanding Officer aboard USS Skipjack SSN 585.  He was a great "skipper".  

R.I.P. Admiral.
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"RADM Paul Tomb used to tell this story about his interview. You need to understand that although his name is spelled as it is, it is pronounced 'Tom.'

The KOG didn't buy this, told the young lieutenant his name was pronounced 'Tomb' like the place you bury folks, and generally berated him for being so ignorant. Later in the interview he asked the applicant to name the most important military advance of the 20th Century. Without hesitation the answer came back: "Why sir, it's the atomic boom."

Got thrown out but got in the program. One of life's rules: never play liars dice with Paul Tomb."

http://bubbleheads.blogspot.com/2010/05/nr-admirals-interviews-in-news.html

We all have our KOG Interview Stories.  Censored

EDIT:  To clarify.  The above post was not written by me.  I copied and pasted it with the link.



Edited by SaltiDawg - 20 Mar 2016 at 10:53am
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That was a well known story when I was on Skipjack
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Rear Admiral Paul D. Tomb USN (Ret.) passed away 22 February 2016 in Arlington, VA after an extended illness. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy from Syracuse, NY after completing a year at Syracuse University. He graduated in 1951 and was assigned to the USS WRIGHT (CVL-49). It was during this tour of duty that he was selected for Submarine School. His first submarine assignment was the USS TILEFISH (SS-307) where he earned his dolphins, and was subsequently selected for the Navy Nuclear Power Program. During the Nuclear Power interview process when then LTJG Tomb (pronounced Tom) engaged Admiral Rickover in one of the more infamous “Rickover Interview” episodes that have become folklore and retold by all who are familiar with Admiral Rickover and his personal oversight of the Navy Nuclear Power Program. Following the technical interviews, Admiral Rickover mispronounced LTJG Tomb’s name as ‘Toom’ when he was called into the admiral’s office.  LTJG Tomb corrected the admiral of the proper pronunciation of his name and awaited further questions from the admiral.  Admiral Rickover continued to mispronounce his name with each question throughout the interview and with each response LTJG Tomb provided the admiral with the correct pronunciation of his name (Tom) followed by the answer to the admiral’s question.  Finally, the interview came to its abrupt conclusion when Admiral Rickover again mispronounced Tomb’s name by asking “Tomb how long have you wanted to be in my Nuclear Navy?” LTJG Tomb replied, “Sir, it’s pronounced Tom and ever since they dropped the atomic boom.” LTJG Tomb was directed to leave the office in no uncertain terms by Admiral Rickover. Admiral Rickover selected Admiral Tomb for the Nuclear Power Program. He was directed to report as a member of the commissioning crew of the USS SARGO (SSN-583) with a following tour as a member of the commissioning crew of the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (SSBN-600) (Blue).  It was on the Roosevelt where he served as Engineer and subsequently as Executive Officer. Admiral Tomb assumed his first command, USS SKIPJACK (SSN-585) in 1964 followed by his second command, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER (SSBN-656)(Blue) in 1967. After his command tours, Admiral Tomb served on Submarine Flotilla Two staff in 1969 and then served on the staff of the Secretary of the Navy as Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Financial Management. Admiral Tomb then received what he liked to call his “hardship tour assignment” as Commanding Officer, U.S. Naval Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in August 1972. He was assigned to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Deputy Director of Attack Submarine Programs in 1975 and the following year was selected for flag rank. He was then assigned as the Chief, Navy Section of the Joint U.S. Military Mission for Aid to Turkey.In 1978, Admiral Tomb reported as Commander Submarine Group Eight and Commander Submarines Mediterranean.  He served as Deputy Director of the Office of Joint Strategic Connectivity Staff beginning in 1980.  He retired from active duty October 1, 1984. Included among his awards are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster. He had many interests in life.  Most of all, he loved people and a good glass of aged Scotch.  He earned his private pilots license, enjoyed squash, racquetball, biking and scuba diving.  He continued his love of the sea into retirement so he and his wife took numerous cruises to many ports, enjoying life and the people they met. Admiral Tomb is survived by his beloved wife of over 63 years Elizabeth Taylor Tomb and their three children, who each continued the Navy tradition begun by Admiral Tomb; Laura (married submariner RADM Paul Ryan ‘73(ret.)), CDR Kimberly Tomb (ret.) served as an Intelligence Officer (married submariner CAPT Harry Bishop (ret.)) and submariner CDR Mark Tomb ’80 (ret.)(married to Diane Leneghan Tomb). He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Michael ’99, Stephen ‘01, Craig ‘04, Kristen, Colleen, Emma, Shane and Sarah and four great-grandchildren. He was inurned at the Naval Academy Columbarium with military honors on 18 March 2016.
Captain Tomb was a respected skipper.

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