Thomas Benjamin Fitzpatrick

Thomas Benjamin Fitzpatrick
26th Governor of American Samoa
In office
January 15, 1936 – January 20, 1936
Preceded byOtto Carl Dowling
Succeeded byMacGillivray Milne
Personal details
OccupationNaval officer
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy Seal United States Navy
RankUS-O5 insignia.svg Commander
CommandsUSS Zeilin (APA-3)

Thomas Benjamin Fitzpatrick (1896 – 1974) was a United States Navy Commander[1] and the 26th Governor of American Samoa for a brief time from January 15, 1936 to January 20, 1936. During World War II, Fitzpatrick commanded the USS Zeilin, which landed troops and sustained damage during the Battle of Tarawa.[2]


  1. ^ "Gale Johnson Weds Paula Fitzpatrick". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. 6 May 1956. p. 89.
  2. ^ Dyer, George. "That Real Toughie--Tarawa". The Amphibians Came to Conquer: The Story of Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. p. 685. Retrieved 19 March 2010.