Navy Veteran Thomas Mersich served from 1951 – 1955 as an Aviation Ordnanceman. Later, he lived in New Jersey where he built airplane cockpits and flight simulators. Thomas’ varied career included a stint as a machinist and toolmaker, groundskeeping for a wealthy gentleman, and testing milk on a dairy farm. At one point he owned his own dairy farm.
Thomas moved to Virginia in 1972. He rented a room in Chantilly for $12 a week before p..