GABRIEL HERNANDEZ, LTJG, USNR

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Gabriel Hernandez '70

Date of birth: June 28, 1948

Date of death: February 15, 1973

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1970 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Ed Moore '70 and Gary Vine '70 via email on November 1, 2018:

Gabriel Hernandez was born on June 28, 1948 as a citizen of Panama and received an appointment to the US Naval Academy in 1966. His parents resided in Panama City, Panama and while he was at the Academy Gabe spent much of his free time with his Uncle and Aunt’s family in the Washington, DC area. Gabe graduated June 3, 1970 as a member of the 27th Company. Everyone anticipated that Gabe would return to his native Panama upon graduation, but he accepted an appointment in the US Naval Reserve and went to flight school in Pensacola, FL.

Gabe lost his life on March 15, 1973 when an S-2 Tracker aircraft crashed around 4:00 PM at the Naval Air Station, Glynco, GA, which took the lives of both aviators on board. The S-2 Tracker was on a routine training mission, when it apparently developed engine trouble on approach to the Gynco runway and burst into flames on impact south of the main runway. The pilot was LCDR Frederick Butler and LTjg Gabriel Hernandez was a crew member. At the time of his death, Gabe resided at St. Simons Island, GA.

Memorial Services were held at Chapel in the Pines in Glynco, GA and Gabe’s internment was conducted in his native Panama. Gabe was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Hernandez of Panama City, Panama; an Aunt; Antoinette Diemer of Bowie, MD; and a cousin Roberta Diemer of Roseburg, OR.


Class of 1970

Gabriel is one of 20 members of the Class of 1970 in Memorial Hall.