ANDREW A. RASMUSSEN, LCDR, USNR
Andrew Rasmussen '68
Date of birth: September 14, 1946
Date of death: March 16, 1985
From the 1968 Lucky Bag:
Andrew was lost on March 16, 1985 when the F/A-18 he was piloting crashed into a shallow lake in Nevada. He was engaged in a practice strike, flying from Fallon NAS, Nevada, in an aircraft that was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125.
From researcher Kathy Franz:
The final decision about his death was that Andrew became disoriented seconds before he crashed -- attributed to losing “situational awareness” while on a practice bombing run. In civilian life, he was an insurance agent
His parents were Mrs. and Mrs. Eric Rasmussen. He graduated from Fresno High School in 1964. He was sophomore class president, junior class president, student body president, and belonged to the Senate. He was a delegate to California Boys State for the American Legion and was a member of the varsity football, basketball and swimming teams. Along with 11 others, he was awarded membership in Service “F” for outstanding participation and citizenship in school activities. As a sophomore, he was an officer in the Latin Club. His father taught U.S. History at the high school. He was honored as an outstanding youth by the California Junior Chamber of Commerce at a dinner on June 30 and won a $350 scholarship award.
At the Naval Academy, he also was in the Foreign Relations Club, the Russian Club, and on the Honor Committee.
In August 1970, he completed the basic jet training course at Forest Sherman Field at Pensacola which included four arrested carrier landings and four catapult take-offs from the deck of the carrier Lexington.
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
From the June 1985 issue of Shipmate:
Cdr. Andrew A. Rasmussen USNR died in a military plane crash at Fallon Air Force Base, Nevada, on 16 March 1985. He was on active duty for training at the time.
Born in Canton, Illinois, he was appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of California and graduated with the Class of 1968.
He won his wings as a Naval Aviator in 1970 and flew F-9's with VT-25 at Chase Field, Texas. Later, he flew F-4's with VF-92 from the carrier Constellation and also at NAS Miramar, Calf. His final tour on active duty was with VC-7, also at Miramar, flying A-4's.
Leaving active duty in December 1976 as a lieutenant, he flew 727's for American Airlines our of New York City. He was a member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association.
Commander Rasmussen lived in Colorado with his wife and step-children; the address is: P.O. Box 1118, Evergreen, Colo. 80439. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Anne Rasmussen of California.
All three photographs are from his high school yearbook.
Memorial Hall Error
Andrew was a member of the Navy Reserve at the time of his loss; Memorial Hall has USN.