From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Daniel Connolly '48

Date of birth: February 24, 1924

Date of death: July 26, 1951

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1948 Lucky Bag:

Biography & Loss

From researcher Kathy Franz:

A newspaper (Rutland Daily Herald, July 27, 1951) reported that Daniel’s plane exploded during rocket bombing practice near Jacksonville, Florida on July 26, 1951. A Navy ordnanceman working at the range said his plane appeared to explode about 700 feet in the air. The wreckage was spread over an area equal to about five city blocks.

Daniel’s father was Edward, a plumbing inspector for the City of Lawrence. His mother was Pauline, brothers Joseph and Edward, and sisters Margaret and Ilene.

Have been unable to determine which squadron he was a member of, or any other details about his life or loss.

Memorial Hall Error

Daniel is not listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall. This omission was discovered by researcher Kathy Franz.

Class of 1948

Daniel is one of 48 members of the Class of 1948 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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