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Charles Stewart '55

Date of birth: September 13, 1930

Date of death: March 5, 1957

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1955 Lucky Bag:

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Charles was lost in a plane crash on March 5, 1957.

From the May 1957 issue of Shipmate:

Lt.(jg) CHARLES R. STEWART was killed in an aircraft accident near Moffett Field, Calif., on 5 March 1957. Lieutenant Stewart was a native Californian and had served as an enlisted man for three years before going to the Naval Academy. He was single. The address of his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Stewart, is Route 3, Box 150-A, Saugus, Calif.

Charles was an instructor pilot; the student was also killed.


From researcher Kathy Franz:

Father Captain Ambrose, mother Nellie of Sheriff’s Honor Rancho. Two sisters Elizabeth and Leota; two half-brothers Lt. Commander Clement C. Doyle and Clayton M. Doyle.

The squadron was returning from Phoenix on a training flight.

From the Signal newspaper, Santa Clarita, California, on March 14, 1957:

From Moffett Field came Lt. Stewart’s commanding officer, Commander Tolman and 12 junior officers. From Los Angeles came the firing squad of the Sheriff’s Star Post, American Legion, led by Sheriff Gene Biscailuz in person.

Honor groups of the deceased’s college and high school classmates were present.

His aerial squadron was returning from a practice flight high over the mountains and were executing a descent pattern in which their zig-zag corners were reported by radio at successively lower levels.

At the 7,000-foot level the reports from Lt. Stewart’s plane suddenly stopped.

The jet plummeted to earth near the town of Mountain View. Fellow officers … professed themselves mystified as to the cause of the disaster.

He graduated from San Fernando High School when his father was commander at Newhall Sheriff Station. Later he attended Glendale City College and was so outstanding in his scholastic work that he won an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy.

The funeral cortege was escorted by C. H. P. officers, and he was buried in Glen Haven Cemetery.

The final rites were strictly military … The rifles of the Legion firing squad crackled their final salute, the bugle sent its last melancholy strains of “Taps,” floating upon the afternoon air, then commander Tolman removed the new American flag from the casket, reverently folded it, and presented it to Captain and Mrs. Stewart.”

Class of 1955

Charles is one of 34 members of the Class of 1955 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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