ARTHUR K. BENNETT III, LTJG, USN
Arthur Bennett III '71
Date of birth: December 31, 1947
Date of death: April 25, 1975
From the 1971 Lucky Bag:
From the March 1976 issue of Shipmate:
Lt. (jg) Arthur King Bennett III USN was killed on 25 April 1975 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, when the wing of his A-6E Intruder aircraft failed after pullout from a bombing run. Interment was at the Arlington National Cemetery on 1 May with his uncle, Father Daniel Rupp OSA, officiating at the services.
Entering the Naval Academy from the State of Mississippi, he was graduated in the Class of 1971. Born in Pensacola, Florida, the son of Capt. Arthur King Bennett Jr. USN '46 and the late Mary Elizabeth Rupp Bennett, both of Marquette, Michigan, he was raised in a navy environment, living on both the east and west coasts and overseas in Bermuda, Okinawa, Japan and the Hawaiian islands. Upon graduation from the academy he was assigned duty in the USS Roark as first lieutenant but began flight training in March of 1972 and reported to his first operational squadron, VA-34, at NAS Oceana, Virginia, in November 1974. He soon established a reputation in the squadron for skilled professionalism in the air and on the ground. The accident occurred when he was flying a close air support mission from the USS Kennedy over a marine landing exercise. After losing its wing, the aircraft tumbled and, although the bombardier/navigator was able to eject, Lt.(jg) Bennett was unable to do so while jettisoning bombs and fuel tanks.
He is survived by his father, Capt. Bennett; sister, Lynn Bennett-Campbell of Kathmandu, Nepal; brother, Earl Bennett of Kingston, New York; grandfather, Mr. Nelson Rupp of Laguna Hills, Califomia; grandmother, Mrs. A. K. Bennett Sr. of Marquette; and uncle, Father Rupp of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
USNA 1971 doesn't list him as an operational loss.