Leonard Jay 'Lenny' Thom


Lenny Thom (Leonard J. Thom)

Date of Birth: September 8, 1917, in Sandusky, Ohio

Date of Birth: October 5, 1946, in Deerfield, Ohio (29 years old)


Here is an excerpt from a great article about Mr. Leonard Jay 'Lenny' Thom:

Leonard Thom was the Executive Officer aboard PT 109, the boat that launched

the legend of John Kennedy.  He was a key player in the drama that followed that

boat's sinking.  Like so many others who came into JFK's orbit, Lenny Thom has

become but a footnote in the history books.  He deserves so much more.  Even if

Lenny Thom had never met Jack Kennedy, his would still be a life worth remembering.

He was a true American hero, friend, husband, brother, and father, whose life ended

far too soon. 

He played football at Ohio State and was an All-Star tackle and guard.  He then

played for the Columbus Bullies in 1941.  At one point, the Chicago Bears were

interested in Lenny's talent offering him $1,000 to sign with the team and another

$500 per game.  Lenny had other things on his mind and passed up the chance. He

has been immortalized in the 1963 movie, PT 109staring Cliff Robertson as

Lt. John F. Kennedy Ty Harding played the part of Ensign Leonard J. Thom.

You can read the full article at this link:  An American Hero Remembered



1941 Columbus Bullies (AFL III)


Heidelberg College, Ohio State University












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