From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Dale Ellis '52

Date of birth: July 30, 1929

Date of death: June 3, 1954

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1952 Lucky Bag:


Dale was lost on June 3, 1954 when the helicopter he was copiloting crashed about three miles from La Testa, France. The three other men aboard were also killed. He was a member of the 83rd Air Rescue Squadron.

He is buried in Florida.

Memorial Hall Error

Dale is not listed with his classmates. This oversight was discovered by reviewing the October 1965 issue of Shipmate.

There is no indication of why his loss wasn't reported for 11 years. The report is also wrong; gives date of loss as "November 1953." The Register of Alumni gives only his name and "11/83" (note typo).

Class of 1952

John is one of 50 members of the Class of 1952 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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