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Capt Thomas Homer Sullivan
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Birth: Sep. 6, 1913
Death: Aug. 3, 1989

Thomas Homer Sullivan could have called himself "Sir Thomas" for the past 40 years, but he never did. His family says he was so modest about his World War II awards, including a Dutch knighthood, that most of his friends didn't know he had them. Sullivan, 75, a retired furniture dealer, died Thursday in a Tulsa hospital. Services were to be held today in Mobley-Dodson Funeral Home Chapel with private burial in Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Susan Parker Sullivan said her husband, a Bridgewater, Iowa, native, graduated from Iowa State University, where he studied agriculture, the expertise which led to his wartime exploits. Sullivan joined the Army in 1941 and later was assigned to a special British unit of seven men, each a specialist in some field. Sullivan's son, Joseph P. Sullivan of Kispiox Valley, British Columbia, Canada, said his father's unit operated behind enemy lines in Europe in advance of allied troops. "His specialty was to estimate food reserves and the need for food as the Germans destroyed things in their retreat," the younger Sullivan said. "The team set up resistance movements and organized local people to care for themselves as liberation occurred." For his service, Sullivan received four Bronze Stars. He received the Dutch Order of Orange of Nassau when he was knighted by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. Joseph Sullivan said, however, that his father never talked about his service. "It was partly because of the secrecy of it, but also he felt very strongly that the awards he got belonged more rightly to those who didn't come back," the son said. "I attended the Boy Scout World Jamboree in England back in the 1950s and met a man who served in that unit with my father. He told me about their work." The Sullivans operated a family business - Furniture Hut stores in Sand Springs, Sapulpa and Tulsa - until Sullivan retired in 1979. He quickly decided retirement wasn't for him, his family said, and he began a variety of jobs. "At one time, he delivered the Wall Street Journal," his son recalled, "getting up at 2 a.m. to get them all delivered by sunup. Then he got a permanent job at Hissom Memorial Center in the food-services department. He got to know the children in the cottages and enjoyed them very much." Mandatory retirement caught up with Sullivan at Hissom, and he left. "One day he saw a Wal-Mart advertisement that said they hired senior citizens," his son said. "He went right down and was employed there until his death, although he had gone on disability leave last August." Sullivan was a family-oriented man whose hobby probably was his grandchildren, his son said. "He didn't need to work (after retirement), but he did because it would let him do more for his grandkids than normal retirement would," Joseph Sullivan said. He remembered his father as a strict but loving disciplinarian who became an indulgent grandfather. Thomas Sullivan was a member and deacon of Broadway Baptist
Church.
Tulsa World
August 1989
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Susan Sullivan (1914 - 2002)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
CAPT US ARMY
WORLD WAR II
 
Burial:
Fort Gibson National Cemetery
Fort Gibson
Muskogee County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: Sec. 14, Site 187
 
Created by: MillieBelle
Record added: Jan 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47108521
Capt Thomas Homer Sullivan
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Capt Thomas Homer Sullivan
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