Tom Holmes Jr.

Graduation Year: 
1941

Sixty-six years after leading a squadron in a daring bombing raid on the Ploesti oil fields in Romania, World War II pilot Lt. Col. Tom Holmes Jr. (’41) was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross. Holmes studied architectural drawing at North Texas and learned to fly in a pilot training course on campus. The story of his military service and delayed award is told in the Jan. 30 Beaumont Enterprise.