From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Jump to: navigation, search

Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 2, 1931
Date of death: April 15, 1958
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

1953 Voelker LB.jpg

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:

DONALD CHASE VOELKER Woonsocket, Rhode Island

The fact that he hails from Rhode Island is no indication of Don's size. From the city of Woonsocket, 194-pound Don came to the Academy on the heel of an NROTC engineering year at Brown University in Providence. Don's successes at Navy were primarily in the academic field, but he was a ready and hard-playing participant in everything from batt football to table tennis. Don was active in numerous engineering clubs . . . still had time for his private library of the classics. Proud of his New England heritage and fond of his home, Don swore that the sweetest mile was that "last mile home" on the old Woonsocket local.

He was also a member of the Physics Club, the Engineering Club, and the 9th Company staff for the winter set.


From Find A Grave:

Don is the second child of Philip and Mildred Voelker. USNA class of 1953. Aircraft carrier pilot, Skyraiders. VA-55. Stationed in San Diego at time of death. Married Carol Jean Filsinger on March 17, 1956. Adopted Paula Christine Voelker. Don and Carol had two children, Lisa Ann Owczarzak-Voelker and Paul Andrew Voelker. Accidental aeronautical death. Additional memorial at Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial in La Jolla, California.

He is buried in California.

Class Navigation

Class of 1953
Donald is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 in Memorial Hall.
<< James Flaherty '53 William Thompson '53 >>