From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Chester Gates, Jr. '43

Date of birth: December 21, 1921

Date of death: July 10, 1956

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Chester was lost on July 10, 1956 when his F7U Cutlass went missing on during a flight from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. He was commanding officer of Attack Squadron (VA) 86 (and had been since May 1955). Another aircraft in the flight was also missing; the presumption is that they had a mid-air collision. The other pilot was also lost.

From researcher Kathy Franz:

He was married with two children in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Father was Chester, died 1963, mother was Phebe, died 1995, and brother was Edward.


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.

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Class of 1943

Chester is one of 84 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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