Thomas Benjamin Fitzpatrick

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Thomas Benjamin Fitzpatrick
26th Governor of American Samoa
In office
January 15, 1936 January 20, 1936
Preceded by Otto Carl Dowling
Succeeded by MacGillivray Milne
Personal details
OccupationNaval officer
Military service
AllegianceFlag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States
Branch/service United States Department of the Navy Seal.svg United States Navy
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Commander
Commands USS Zeilin

Thomas Benjamin Fitzpatrick (1896 1974) was a United States Navy Commander [1] and the 26th Governor of American Samoa for a brief time from January 15, 1936 to January 20, 1936. During World War II, Fitzpatrick commanded USS Zeilin, which landed troops and sustained damage during the Battle of Tarawa. [2]

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  1. "Gale Johnson Weds Paula Fitzpatrick". The New York Times . New York City: The New York Times Company. 6 May 1956. p. 89.
  2. Dyer, George. "That Real Toughie--Tarawa". The Amphibians Came to Conquer: The Story of Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. p. 685. Retrieved 19 March 2010.