ALBERT S. MAJOR, JR., CAPT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Albert Major, Jr. '32

Date of birth: August 2, 1908

Date of death: May 17, 1955

Age: 46

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From The Progress-Index of Petersburg, Virginia on May 19, 1955:

NAVY CAPTAIN KILLED IN JET PLANE CRASH

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Navy today listed as dead Capt. Albert S. Major, commanding officer of Saufley Field near Pensacola, Fla., and Lt. Edward L. Kennedy, also of Saufley, whose two-place jet crashed Into a swampy area near here Tuesday. Previously they had been listed as missing because parts of two bodies found in the burned wreck age had not been positively identified. The fliers crashed shortly after takeoff from Jacksonville Naval Air Station on a flight to Saufley.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his wife, who survived him. He was also survived by two daughters and a son. (Information from July 1955 issue of SHIPMATE.)

Wartime Service

He was commanding officer of USS Teal (AM 23) during the Aleutians Campaign in 1943

Memorial

"Major Square" is at Saufley Field, Pensacola, Florida. A marker is there with the dates he held command of NAAS Saufley Field: August 25, 1953 to his date of death, May 17, 1955. It has the inscription "He valued duty and fellow man above self."

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Edward Kennedy '46 was also lost in this crash.


Class of 1932

Albert is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 in Memorial Hall.