Former Gardnerville resident, Tommy L. Gatewood passed away peacefully at his home in
Grants Pass, Oregon, surrounded by his loving family.
After graduating from Turlock High School in 1947, Tom spent a short time at college. In 1951, Tom entered the Naval flight training program in Pensacola, Fla. and earned his wings on Oct. 31st, 1952. Tom married Rosemary Tyer in Jan. of 1953 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
His first tours of duty were spent in the Pacific theater toward the end of the Korean conflict, flying the AD Skyraider off the USS Yorktown and Essex.
In 1955, …