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Naval officer

William Gosnell Tomlinson, American naval officer. Awarded Navy Cross for heroism in action (Iwo Jima); Legion of Merit with gold star in lieu of 2d for action against enemy. member American Schneider Cup Team, 1926.


Tomlinson, William Gosnell was born on December 17, 1897 in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States. Son of John Cassett and Medora (Gosnell) Tomlinson.


Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1919.


Qualified as naval aviator 1922. Early test pilot; participated in development of dive bombing and carrier aircraft tactics. Commanded patrol squadron which made early overseas flights.

Head Reserve Aviation, Bureau Aeronautics, Washington, District of Columbia, 1932-1935. In World World War II served overseas or on sea duty, holding 4 comds., last—aircraft carrier United States Ship Belleau Wood (ship received Presidential Unit citation. Chief air readiness, Navy Department, Washington, District of Columbia.

Commander Pacific Division Military Air Transport Service.


Member American Schneider Cup Team, 1926.


Married Katharine Estelle Dent, June 15, 1931.

John Cassett Tomlinson

Medora (Gosnell) Tomlinson

Katharine Estelle Dent