Coast Guard to honor WWII veteran on his 100th birthday

Linwood "Tick" Thumm, a 100-year-old Coast Guard WWII veteran, poses for a photo in his home, Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2015. Coast Guard 5th District personnel will honor Tick at his 100th birthday celebration, Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert

Linwood “Tick” Thumm, a 100-year-old Coast Guard WWII veteran, poses for a photo in his home, Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard will host a celebration to honor a Coast Guard WWII veteran on his 100th birthday Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the Portsmouth Federal Building.

Coast Guard 5th District personnel will celebrate and honor Linwood “Tick” Thumm on the day marking 100 years of his life.

Mr. Thumm commanded an 83-foot cutter based out of Little Creek who spent the first part of WWII escorting convoys from New Jersey to Cape Hatteras, N.C. He and his crew were credited with a possible kill of a German U-boat and were also commended for saving the lives of an oil tanker crew during a fire. Thumm’s crew used a net they fashioned from sheets and blankets to catch survivors as they jumped from the burning tanker.

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