CHESTER W. GATES, JR., CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:

Life & Loss

Unable to find any information about Chester's life or loss. Find A Grave says he was lost in 1963, but provides no details or basis for this.

Other

Chester survived the crash of his F9F-2B Panther in 1951 when he failed to pull out of a practice strafing run and hit a tree.

He was commanding officer of Attack Squadron (VA) 86 from May 1955 until September 1956.


Class of 1943

Chester is one of 79 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.