Thomas was born in 1921 on an extended stay of his parents, Oscar Bie and Inga Hillestad, in Norway. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1926 in the company of his mother.  In the 1930 census  he is living in Portsmouth City, Virginia with his mother and his half siblings: Oscar, Lawrence, and Norman. Tommy Bie began his career as a copy boy / photographer for The Portsmouth Star while still in high school in 1937. In the 1940 census  he is living in the same house with his mom and two youngest half borthers Lawrence and Norman.
"During World War II, he was one of only a few hundred flying officers to earn three sets of silver wings as navigator, bombardier and aerial gunner. He served with the 319th Bombardment Group in the Pacific Theater and in the army of occupation in Japan as public relations and personnel services officer of Tachikawa Army Air Base."
"Mr. Bie began his career as a photographer a "The Portsmouth Star" and rose to advertising promotion manager of that daily and later became advertising director of the community owned "Portsmouth Times." He was a founder of Major and Bie advertising and public relations agency, which later became Seamark Inc., with Bie as CEO."
↑ "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:CCJH-2PZ : accessed 9 June 2017), Thomas F Bie in household of Oscar S Bie, Portsmouth, Portsmouth (Independent City), Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 28, sheet 13A, line 29, family 312, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2474; FHL microfilm 2,342,208.
↑ "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VTMC-N2P : accessed 9 June 2017), Thomas Bie in household of Inga Bie, Washington Ward, Portsmouth, Portsmouth City, Portsmouth City, Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 116-38, sheet 10B, line 76, family 244, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4318.