BENNETT W. HOOKS, LCDR, USN
Bennett Hooks '46
Date of birth: November 13, 1923
Date of death: October 10, 1956
From the 1946 Lucky Bag:
Bennett Hooks attended the United States Naval Academy and was graduated with the 1946 Naval Academy class.
Following graduation he served aboard the USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) as a division officer in the gunnery department for three years. During this period he acted for a short time as an Aide to Admiral Richard E. Byrd on an expedition to the Antartcic .
He was then assigned duty with Anti-Submarine Squadron 22 and later served on the staff of Commander Carrier Division Eighteen. During this assignment he served as an Aide to Admiral A. B. Vosseler and Admiral F. T. Ward.
Lt. Hooks next attended the United States Navy Postgraduate School at Monterey, California where he successfully completed the course of instruction in nuclear engineering in June 1955.
Lt. Hooks was assigned duties as a VX-5 Project Officer at Moffett Field and at China Lake.
According to the base newspaper Lieutenant Bennett W. Hooks died around noon Wednesday, 05 October 1956 when his A4D Skyhawk was destroyed in a crash five miles south of Inyokern. CA. According to Henry White (VX-5 Feb.1956 - Oct. 1957) it was determined that Lt, Hooks was trying to bring his A4D in on the deserted runway at Inyokern during an in-flight fire. It was also said that the papers for his advancement to Lt. Cdr. were on his desk unsigned. The whole Squadron attended the funeral and he was buried at the Military Cemetery in San Diego with full military honors.
Lt. Hooks was 33 years old and was survived by his wife, a son, a daughter and his mother.