Capt. Thomas R. Mooney, USN Ret.

March 20, 1945June 11, 2012

Thomas R. Mooney, 67 of Chula Vista, CA passed away on June 11, 2012. He was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on March 20, 1945. Tom graduated from Brick Township High School in Brick New Jersey. He graduated from Park College in Parkville, Missouri in 1967. After college Tom applied for Navy Officer Candidate School, in Newport RI in 1968. In 1970 Tom was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade. Tom served on the USS Chikaskia as First and Second Division Officer/Navigator/Assistant Operation officer. He served as the First Lieutenant/Combat Cargo Officer on the USS Holmes (LST-836). Then he went to U.S. Naval Destroyer School, in the Defense Language Institute. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1979 where he received his MA degree in National Security Affairs, Western European and Russian Studies. Eventually after serving in many positions Tom was designated as qualified for command and was promoted to Commander. His first command was on the USS Elliot (DD-976). Tom had a distinguished career receiving many meritorious awards. He was awarded the Legion of Merit 3 times, received the Meritorious Service Medal 3 times to mention a few. After 30 years and 12 days of service he retired from the U.S. Navy. He then plunged himself into his love, traveling with his friends of BMWOCSD motorcycle club. Tom was a member of the Chula Vista Presbyterian Church, sang in the choir and served on many committees. He is survived by his sister Jane McGuire, Barnegat, NJ, 3 brothers, Gerard Mooney and his wife Ruth, Middletown, PA, Ronald Mooney and his wife Jo Jo, Brick, NJ, James Mooney, Hawaii, 7 nieces, Michele Mooney, Stacy Veth, Cheryl Maguire, Doreen Wright, Melissa Mooney, Kristen Mooney, Renee Mooney and a nephew, Kevin McGuire. He was pre deceased by his sister Nathalie Malbaurn, and a brother Robert Mooney. There will be a service to honor Thomas' life at the Chula Vista Presbyterian Church in Chula Vista on Thursday, June 21 at 11 am. Interment with full Military Honors will take place on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Point Loma, San Diego, California.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 21, 2012

Capt. Thomas R. Mooney, USN Ret.

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August 28, 2017

Miss You... Mr Mooney, I worked with him for a few years... and he had left an impression on me... I will always remember you.


June 2, 2017

Its been years since Mooney has passed. I still think of him. it was a pleasure to see his smile bright and early for I had another client to tend at 7:30 am.
I sure do miss our talks. "Miss you Mooney"

Doreen Wright

May 31, 2017

Somehow I didn't know this was here. You were the most influential man in my life and I have always been a little bit in awe of you. Reading these pages I suppose now I know why. It is a privilege to be your niece. I remember writing to you when I was little, and 49 years later I still have the first of many Teddy Bears you gave (although a little worse for wear). I could only hope to be as admired by the people that know me as both you and Mom were. Big shoes to fill but I'll do my best to make you and Mom proud. Love you Uncle Tommy.

Carol Alley

December 22, 2016

Just found this page.... We think and speak of Tom often!
Had our monthly lunch in his honor yesterday!
Merry Christmas!
Carol Alley and Stacy Silverwood

Kurt Storey

January 31, 2015

I was honored to have served under Capt Mooney on USS Elliot in late 80s. When I was going through some very rough personal times, he pulled me in to his motorcycle 'gang' on weekend rides up to Julian to help me and give me some fatherly talks. Of course, he was always the BMW guy as was the entire club, so they begrudgingly allowed a Honda rider to join them! his order!

I received my SWO pin from Capt Mooney and will always be proud that I earned my water wings from such a great man.

Rest in peace sir, and "Thank You" for always having faith in me.

Very Respectfully,
Kurt Storey, CAPT, USN (ret)

Paul Geba

October 25, 2013

I met Tom on a motorcycle tour of the Alps in '95, fun to ride with and to share a beer and a cigarette with after the day's ride. Several years later when I was working in a bike shop in NJ he stopped in for the 124,000 mile service on his bike while pursuing what he came to refer to as his 'job', riding his bike. The cigarettes are (thankfully) gone but the memories of one of the most genuinely nice people I've ever met will always remain, I was greatly saddened to hear of his early passing. Twisty roads and sticky tires to ya mate!

Lorraine Jaggars

October 9, 2013

I was Mooney's Care Taker for many years... at times when the other aid needed a break... I was the stand by. Mooney was a Great Man...I'm so sad to hear he passed away...

I enjoyed the talks we shared.... I remember the times just getting him ready for the day... combing his hair... and then putting on a shirt.... Watch the Do He Would Say... to put on his shirt was a little strange..combing his hair he had that fly away hair it just had to be combed right after getting out of the shower... Bless You Mooney... will always remember you... ~~Lorraine of Chula Vista.

SH2 Gary Richardson

August 15, 2013

MoonMan was by far the best Skipper that I ever served Under, Sad to hear he passed so young. Anytime Skipper needed a haircut or want to listen to some good old Rock and Roll he hang out in the Barbershop..........

Jerry Mooney

July 11, 2013

A year has past, but your life here on earth is not forgotten by those who knew and loved you.

Bruce Reed

May 18, 2013

I served under Capt. Mooney on U.S.S. Elliot and a finer Skipper you could not ask for. I will always remember him. Fair winds and following seas Capt. Mooney.

OS1(SW) Ret. Bruce A. Reed