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Thomas Truxtun

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1970


United States Military Academy

Truxtun attended the United States Naval Academy for one year and played on the Plebe lacrosse team. Placed on physical disability for two years, he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in 1933 once he was well. After playing Plebe lacrosse for Army, Truxtun played three years first string lacrosse and was selected first team All-American in 1935, 1936 and 1937. Playing the center position, Truxtun was selected in his first class year as captain of the lacrosse team that ended a remarkable season by defeating Navy.

In 1937, Laurie Cox, chairman of the selection committee, called Truxtun "the greatest player in the country." He also played first string varsity soccer for Army during that time. Stationed at Ft. Bragg after graduation, he played polo, tennis and rode in horse shows. Killed in action near Baguio, Luzon, Phillipine Islands on June 6, 1945, Truxtun received the Purple Heart, Silver Star and the Bronze Star Medal for his outstanding service and gallantry in action.