FRIEND C. VAN FLEET, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Friend Van Fleet, Jr. '44

Date of birth: February 22, 1921

Date of death: March 9, 1954

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:


Loss

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.


Class of 1944

Friend is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 in Memorial Hall.