- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard is celebrating the 100th birthday of a World War II veteran who had an eventful career on the seas.

The celebration Thursday in Portsmouth is for Linwood “Tick” Thumm.

The Coast Guard says Thumm commanded an 83-foot cutter based out of Little Creek. He spent the first part of WWII escorting convoys from New Jersey to Cape Hatteras, N.C.

Thumm and his crew were credited with a possible kill of a German U-boat. They were also commended for saving the lives of an oil tanker crew during a fire.

Thumm’s crew used a net they fashioned from sheets and blankets to catch survivors as they jumped from the burning tanker.


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