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:

Life & Loss

Unable to find any information about Friend's life or loss. He is buried in Ohio.

He was married to Wanda "Sandy" McKinney; they had one or possibly two daughters.

(Note that Friend is identified as "III" instead of Jr.; believe this an error based on her birthdate, which was four years after his.)

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.