After attending Bowling Green State University, Tom went to Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, GA. He was in Sixth Platoon, 60th Company, 6th Battalion, The Candidate Brigade, US Army Infantry School and a member of the OC 2-70 class (2nd graduating class of 1970.) He was commissioned on January 23, 1970 as a 2LT by his brother, Steve, who was a Naval aviator. Tom attended Army Airborne School "Jump School" after which he reported to Fort Myer, Virginia, where he had been selected to B Company, 1st Battalion (Reinf), 3rd Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard." Members of his OC 2-70 class began having reunions in March 2000 and their first reunion was in Washington, DC where they visited Tom's gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery. They have a website where you can view pictures of their days at Ft. Benning as well as view their reunions: OC 2-70 Reunions
Thomas Corrigan, Sixth Platoon:
Tom was a wonderful guy and someone you could count on to help out whenever possible. It has been 40+ years since he passed away but his memory is still present with all our classmates.
After we graduated, I was stationed at Fort Benning and Tom stayed with me for three weeks while we both attended Airborne School. After that, as you know, Tom went up to DC and was stationed at the "Old Guard" which was one of the prestigious assignments in the Army. In order to be accepted, you had to be of certain stature and character. Prior to me heading to Vietnam, I visited Tom and he was the person who put me on the plane to that country.
(All classmates were given nicknames. Tom's was Twiggylegs!" When I asked about that, this is what he said;)
On a lighter side, I did want to relate to your comment about Tom's "Twiggy" legs. Back when we were going through OCS, there was a very skinny model that had "Twiggy" as her nickname. If I recall correctly (hard to do after all these years), Tom got the nickname not so much for having skinny legs but because on certain occasions, he would raise up on his tiptoes to give out a command. We were all pretty thin in OCS and when Tom was on his toes, he did look like a skinny model.
CJ Spence (Sixth Platoon) another OCS classmate tells this story:
Todd Ezell (Fifth Platoon; also a member of "The Old Guard") and Tom had a thing going the whole time during OCS on football...who was #1 - Ohio State or University of Texas?
Note: being from Ohio I have to side with Tom on this one!