Oral history interview with Thomas Fallbach, 2003 April 10
Fallbach recalls his early years in the Coast Guard and learning how to deep sea dive, specifically his experiences attending the Navy's deep sea diving school in Washington, D.C. He highlights his assignments after school, including diving in the search of torpedoes in Chesapeake Bay, working on a ship that refueled aircraft carriers at sea, and his assignment as a member of the crew on the Nantucket Lightship, anchored off the coast of Nantucket Island.
- 2003 April 10
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A World War II-era veteran, Thomas Fallbach was born in Chicago, Ill., and joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1944. Upon his discharge in 1946, he moved back to the Chicago area where he pursued several different jobs, including starting his own company. He also became involved in teaching scuba diving for the YMCA, advancing to a scuba commissioner for the YMCAs of Northern Illinois, . He moved to the Denver area around 1970, and served 20 years as a volunteer fireman for the West Douglas County FIre Department near his home in Sedalia, south of Denver.
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- Belt, Barbara A. (Interviewer)
- Diving -- Training
- Diving -- Training -- Washington (D.C.)
- Fallbach, Thomas R., 1927- (Interviewee)
- Naval School of Diving and Salvage (U.S.)
- Oral histories
- South Shoals Lightship
- United States. Coast Guard
- United States. Coast Guard -- Military life
- Veterans -- Douglas County (Colo.) -- Interviews
- Veterans -- United States -- Interviews
- World War, 1939-1945
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- United States