From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Clinton Rounds '27

Date of birth: September 7, 1903

Date of death: June 8, 1942

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Ensign C. S. Rounds, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #3675 (lighter-than-air) in 1930. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1927.

Lt. Cmmdr Rounds was one of nine servicemen and three civilians killed when two blimps (G-2 and L-1) collided at night off the New Jersey shore during an exercise to test an experimental photoflash bomb that would be used to illuminate submerged submarines. There was one survivor, Ensign Howard Fahey.

LCDR Rounds had survived the crash of the dirigible USS MACON off the Calif. coast in 1935. He left a widow and six-year old daughter, Carmella.

Clinton was piloting L-2.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was survived by his wife and daughter, Pamela. (Information from March 1959 issue of Shipmate.)

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Class of 1927

Clinton is one of 43 members of the Class of 1927 on Virtual Memorial Hall.