FORT E. LAND, LCDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: January 20, 1920
Date of death: November 22, 1945
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

1942 Land LB.jpg

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:

FORT ELMO LAND

Lando, Roundy

Fort's sword belt, symbol of years on the hop committee, increases, if possible, his attractiveness to the opposite sex, but all of his efforts are not centered along this line, for every afternoon finds him on the Severn pulling a shell for Navy. An eternal cheerfulness, sense of humor, and ability to laugh at misfortune always help to make life a little easier and happier for those who have known him.

Football 4, 42; Crew 4, 3, 2, 42; Reef Points; Boat Club 2, 1; Hop Committee 3 , 2, 1; Reception Committee 2,1; 2/c P.O.; 2 Stripes.

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.

Loss

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.


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