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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: June 10, 1921
Date of death: May 29, 1950
Age: 28

Lucky Bag

1943 Putnam LB.jpg

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Tulsa, Oklahoma

"Ah's from Texas, California, or Oklahoma, Suh." Dick is proud of all three and they and we are proud of him. A natural athlete, "Put" was outstanding in tennis and battalion football, and he boomed home to several victories for the tank team. His golden hair, slow drawl, genial manner, and expert dancing caused a wide variety of feminine hearts to flutter—by a miracle, he's still foot- loose and fancy-free. With his deep-seated loyalty, earnest endeavor, Blue and Gold Spirit, and a good sense of values in mind, we have staked for Dick a large claim of Navy gold. He was an ideal roommate and a friend we want to keep for life.

He was commander of 4th Company for the second set and a member of the swim team.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


From Find A Grave:

The Chicago Tribune, 31 May 1950, Part 3, Page 8

3 Flyers Killed as Navy Plane Falls In Storm

Albuquerque, N.M., May 30 - A twin engine navy transport plane assigned to Sandia special weapons base here crashed in Louisiana last night, killing three airmen...

They were Lt. (j.g.) F.R. Putnam, 28, of Albuquerque, the pilot; Lt. (j.g.) John A. Lusby, 28, of Casper, Wyo., the co-pilot, and Aviation Machinist Make First class M.G. Lott, 26, of Jacksonville, Fla.

He is buried in California.

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