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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: May 29, 1945
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1945 Simonsen LB.jpg

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

Foster Neal Simonsen

Davenport, Iowa

Three years of living with the mightiest of the "mighty mites" has been three years filled with a vast variety of experiences. The little "wolf" has never done anything halfway, be it sports, "beating the system," or girls. His sincerity, self assurance, and high ideals have made him many friends. Neal's desire to live a completely filled life is destined to carry him to the far corners of the earth. A hunting lodge in Minnesota, an expedition to the mountains of Tibet, or a safari in Africa are all within his range. To the shortest man legally in the Naval Academy, and to a real Navy man, I say "MIZ-PAH."

Wrestling 4, 3; Battalion Swimming 3, 1; Varsity Swimming 1; Glee Club 4; Trident Magazine, Assistant Business Manager 1: Cheerleader 1.

The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


"Ensign Simonsen and his wife." From USS Shubrick Memorial site.

Foster was one of 25 men killed or missing when a kamikaze struck USS Shubrick (DD 639) on May 29, 1945 while on her way to picket duty off the coast of Okinawa.

He was survived by his wife, Martha V. Simonsen.

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Foster is one of 58 members of the Class of 1945 in Memorial Hall.
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