Thomas Joseph Naughton – Major, United States Army

From a contemporary press report

Thomas Joseph Naughton, 81, a retired Army major who specialized in counterintelligence matters, died of renal failure April 1, 1999 at home in Springfield, Virginia.

After his military retirement in 1961, Maj. Naughton became a security supervisor for Woodward & Lothrop, where he worked until the early 1980s.

He was born in Los Angeles, grew up in New Orleans and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. He began his Army career in 1941 and served in England during World War II.

After the war, he was a counterintelligence special agent in Japan, where he remained until the end of the Korean War. He debriefed released U.S. prisoners of war and accompanied them back to the United States. Later he participated in counterespionage operations in Germany. He settled in Arlington in 1959.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Rita Mae Naughton of Springfield; three children, George Naughton of Temple, Pa., Thomas Naughton Jr. of Martin, Tenn., and Patricia Hansen of Springfield; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


On Thursday, April 1, 1999, at his home in Springfield, VA, beloved husband of Reba M. Naughton; loving father of George (and Linda) Naughton of Temple, PA, Thomas J. (and Carol) Naughton, Jr. of Martin, TN, and Patty (and Jim) Hansen of Springfield, VA. Also survived by eight grandchildren, Kimberly, Elizabeth, Thomas II, Megan, Katie, Kelly, Chelsea and Kylie; and three great grandchildren, Hopkins, Allie and Ashford. Services will be held on Wednesday, April 7, at 8:45 a.m. at Ft. Myer (Old Post) Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia.

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