Air Force OCS Class 61-C
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Thomas W. Wilson, Jr.
OCLt Thomas W. Wilson, Jr.
Tom "Bear" Wilson came to Echo Flt in Sep '60. Upon graduation, Lt. Wilson
was assigned to Harlingen AFB, TX for nav tng. Tom was a long-time EWO
in F-105 and F-4 Wild Weasels with SEA several tours. He retired, a Lt.
Col. Tom might be the most famous 61-C guy. No doubt due to the effectiveness
of our Comm Skills teacher, "Bear" became a writer -- has written something
on the order of eight published novels. You can check the internet for
a recap of his work at: http://bear.wilson.org.
His "net" bio reads, "Tom 'Bear' Wilson was a career USAF Officer with
3,000 hrs flying time, mostly in fighters. During his 500 hours of combat
flying, he earned 4 Silver Stars for gallantry and 3 DFC...He also served
in various roles as instructor, flight examiner, tactician, staff officer
and unit commander. After leaving the military, "Bear" enjoyed
diverse careers, including: private investigator, gunsmith, newspaper
publisher, and manager of advanced programs for a high-tech company in
Silicon Valley. "Bear" resides in Texas and has recently completed
his seventh novel, "Black Canyon." (Read: eight, Black Sky) . Author!
Author! Tom has five children and 14 grandkids, "all perfect," he says.
-- and a new wife!
Tom passed away August 31, 2014 after a period of ill health.