From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Fort Land '42

Date of birth: January 20, 1920

Date of death: November 22, 1945

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

There is a news clipping that stated he was in San Diego, California, and on 22 November 1945, as executive officer of Navy Fighter Squadron 80, was killed when his plane crashed into the ocean 15 miles southwest of San Diego. This was reported by the 11th Naval District. He was piloting a hellcat fighter and was on a training flight from nearby Ream filed. His body according the the article which was two days later had not been recovered. Allene Lemons, June 19, 2017

He has a memory marker in Georgia.

Class of 1942

Fort is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 on Virtual Memorial Hall.