Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussion)

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Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussion)

Postby djthomas » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:10 am

Thought I'd start this one since the announcement is locked and only moderators are able to chime in on it.

Definitely sorry to hear about Tom. Although I never met the guy in person I always enjoyed his contributions here and for OFCC as a whole. He'll definitely be missed. Reading his obit gave me the chuckles - sounds like someone I would like to have known.

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Re: Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussio

Postby rDigital » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:21 am

Tom was friendky, helpful, great to do business with and a great conversationalist.

He will be missed. They don't make men like him anymore.
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Re: Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussio

Postby pirateguy191 » Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:42 am

RIP, sir.
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Re: Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussio

Postby OldManTod » Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:14 am

I couldn't figure out how/why we were able to post on this, we should move our comments over here.

Yeah - he will be sorely missed.

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Postby Mustang380gal » Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:31 am

OldManTod wrote:I couldn't figure out how/why we were able to post on this, we should move our comments over here.

Yeah - he will be sorely missed.

T

I don't have access to do that. It would be a good idea.
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Re: Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussio

Postby carmen fovozzo » Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:07 pm

Tom came into my store one time for a holster I had...He walked in and I was sorta stunned by his look....He was someone you would be polite to, or you would be scolded for it.....you could tell he would kick some butt if you didn't behave....
...I said to him, why does a lefty need a right handed holster, cross draw, he said...
This really showed me what a proud veteran he was...He wore a 1911 and his CIB......Man was I impressed. We talked briefly about the Tunnel Rat name and how he got it...did not realize at the time it was his job in Nam...
I'll never for get that meeting, it's just one of those things that sticks in your mind....Good man....
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Re: Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussio

Postby JediSkipdogg » Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:15 pm

Announcements are funny. You can post to them if you find the post but if you click on the announcement, they are locked out. It's a bug that I've never solved.

As for Tunnel Rat.....I've had a few talks with him and he was a stellar guy. I know I met him once at the Party in the Park. I will say, the rest of the moderating team has some big shoes to fill.
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Re: Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussio

Postby diamondsun » Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:18 pm

I never met TunnelRat in real life, but always enjoyed his posts. Sounds like he had a full life, but dang, 69 is too young. Goodbye and Godspeed.
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Postby Werz » Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:51 pm

I am saddened to hear that. He was a voice of intelligence and reason in these forums. Funny, too.
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Re: Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussio

Postby BEAR! » Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:57 pm

I had the honor of being moderated by Tom and later meeting him at The Party In The Park, I also had the privilege of shooting with him at an OFCC shoot.

He was a great guy and I will miss him. :cry:

Rest In Peace Tunnel Rat.
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Re: Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussio

Postby jgarvas » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:19 pm

offtopic - sorry guys I went nuclear on the announcement scope and didn't realize the implications it caused with respect to posting.
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Re: Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussio

Postby sodbuster95 » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:39 pm

As Tom was from this area, I had the privilege of meeting and speaking with him a number of times over the course of the last few years. He was very pleasant and an overall nice guy to be around. His presence will surely be missed.

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Re: Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussio

Postby yogidave » Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:35 pm

I to have had the privilege of meeting Tom, he sold my wife her first pistol. It was always a pleasure speaking with him although he did have a bit of a lead foot. I do recall one of our meetings at bass pro and he was showing me the work that he had done to his G19. He unloaded it right in the parking lot and people were walking by in shock. What are you gonna say to a guy that has purple heart license plates. He will be missed R.I.P. Tom
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Re: Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussio

Postby Sevens » Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:45 pm

I did not know him but I know he spent a lot of time and energy moderating these forums that we all enjoy so much. It also sounds like he gave a lot in defense of this country when he was called to do so. Sounds like a fine man and he will be missed!
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Re: Tunnel Rat aka Tom McNaughton has passed away (Discussio

Postby SMMAssociates » Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:49 pm

Not the kind of news you want on Thursday afternoon when the wife just called to tell me she bought aisle 6 at the grocery store.... :D

I spent many a session here "talking" with Tom since I joined this group back in the day. Very special skills, and a really great guy on top of it. He will be missed.

He didn't talk too much about his wartime experiences, but although I never served, I was aware of the job that he and others did. If they'd built tunnels big enough for me, we wouldn't have needed Tom.... (Which is why the Air Force didn't want me.)

BTW, I'll be 69 next month. Uh-oh.... Time to buy some Valium for Sammy.

For Tom's friends and family - closer to him than I was - my deepest condolences. May his memory be a blessing.

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