Colonel Thomas J. Kane was born on March 30, 1900 and attended Carnegie Institute of Technology where he accepted a reserve commission as a second lieutenant in 1924.
He began active duty in 1941 as a major, serving throughout the world during World War II. Colonel Kane was known throughout the Ordnance Corps as the organizer of the Army's bomb disposal program in World War II.
He contributed significantly to its activation, organization, and implementation. Under the direction of Colonel Kane, a bomb disposal school was established at the Ordnance Training Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, in 1941.
In 1944 Colonel Kane went to England, where he formulated bomb disposal procedures, techniques, and special tools. He devised a suitable plan for the organization and administration of bomb disposal units in the field. The work performed by bomb disposal personnel proved to be immensely valuable to the war effort.
Colonel Kane was the Chief Ordnance Officer of the Far Eastern Air Forces in Tokyo during 1948-49 and was Commanding Officer of Frankford Arsenal, Pennsylvania, from 1953 to 1954.
During the following year, he was Commanding Officer of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Colonel Kane retired on May 31, 1955 and died on November 12, 1965.