Retired Navy Capt. Thomas Turner, 64, a submariner who was decorated during World War II and later served in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died April 26 at his home in Alexandria. He had cancer.
He completed 12 war patrols aboard submarines in the Pacific during World War II, earning two Silver Stars and the Bronze Star. After the war, he held various staff positions. In 1952, he took command of the submarine Amberjack.
Later in the 1950s, Capt. Turner worked with the Atomic Energy Commission, commanded a submarine division and served on the staff of the Pacific Fleet. From 1961 to 1964, he was attached to NATO in Paris.
He was head of a submarine squadron in New London, Conn., before returning to Washington in 1965. He was assigned to the offices of the chief of naval operations and the joint chiefs, where he retired in 1972.
In addition to the Silver and Bronze stars, he held the Legion of Merit.
Capt. Turner was a native of Pisgah, Ala., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis with the class of 1942. He also attended the Navy Post Graduate School in Annapolis.
He was a member of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill in Alexandria.
Survivors include his wife, the former Caroline Embry, of Alexandria; a sister, Sarah T. Wade of Selma, Ala., and four brothers, John F., of Dixons Mills, Ala., Walter W., of Florence, Ala., George C., of Bremen, Ga., and Ollie J., of Pisgah.