ALAN E. HOSPES, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Alan Hospes '58

Date of birth: October 27, 1934

Date of death: July 31, 1969

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1958 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From the November 1969 issue of SHIPMATE.

From the November 1969 issue of SHIPMATE:

LCdr. Alan E. Hospes, USN, died 31 July as the result of an aircraft accident near Flagler Beach, Fla. A pilot with Attack Squadron 36 based at the Naval Air Station at Cecil Field, he was on a training flight at the time of the accident.

Born in Shanghai, China, LCdr. Hospes enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the USS EDMONDS before he attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School at Bainbridge. Following graduation from the Academy in June 1958, he reported to Pensacola for flight training and was designated a naval aviator in Dec. 1959.

LCdr. Hospes had tours of duty with Patrol Squadron 42 based at North Island, Calif., Carrier Warning Squadron 11 and also at the Naval Postgraduate School until 1965 when he reported to Training Squadron 9 based at Meridian, Miss. Lt. Hospes subsequently served with Attack Squadrons 44 and 34 before joining Attack Squadron 36 in 1969. Among other awards he held the Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars.

Survivors include his widow Sara and three children Stephanie, Valerie and Alan Bruce of 2850 Birchwood Dr., Orange Park, Fl. 32073; his parents Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hospes of 522 Hycroft Towers, 1445 Marpole Ave., Vancouver, Canada, and a brother Donald E. Hospes of Canada.

From A-4 Skyhawk:

July 31, 1969: Lcdr. Alan Everest Hospes perished when his parachute failed to open after ejecting from his stricken A-4C BuNo 149538, which crashed northwest of Flagler Beach, FL.

He is buried in Florida.

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Class of 1958

Alan is one of 28 members of the Class of 1958 in Memorial Hall.