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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: February 16, 1948
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1945 Gossett LB.jpg

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

Calvin Richard Gossett

Sioux City, Iowa

Women are a snare and a delusion, the Navy is man's salvation. With these words on his lips, "Goose" found his way from the corn fields of Iowa to the shores of the Severn. A Navy man through and through, he nevertheless spent many study hours blissfully logging time for his B. S., (in sack drill). His afternoons were spent trading swaps with the football players, many of whom have special lumps to remember him by. Uncanny cribbage hands, a locker full of chow, Navy books, hot dope, and dry humor will always be things to remember when we speak of Goose.

‘’J. Varsity Football 4, 3, 1, '45 NA; Wrestling 4; Pistol 1, 4; Trident Magazine Staff 4, 3’’

He was a member of the 11th Company staff (2nd set).

The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Calvin was lost when his Bearcat fighter caught fire and crashed while taking off from Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, on February 16, 1948.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Note: His gravestone has February 16, but a (fragmented) newspaper account has February 19.

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Class of 1945
Calvin is one of 58 members of the Class of 1945 in Memorial Hall.
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