FRIEND C. VAN FLEET, JR., LCDR, USN
Friend Van Fleet, Jr. '44
Date of birth: February 22, 1921
Date of death: March 9, 1954
From the 1944 Lucky Bag:
Friend was lost in a plane crash at NAAS El Centro, California, on March 9, 1954. He was survived by his wife, Wanda "Sandy" McKinney, and two daughters. (Information from May 1954 issue of Shipmate.)
He is buried in Ohio.
Memorial Hall Error
Every source found — including the Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy 1943-1944 and previous editions, the Lucky Bag, and his gravestone indicate his last name was spelled with a space. It appears as one word in Memorial Hall.