GALEN E. GILBERT, LTJG, USN
Galen Gilbert '64
Date of birth: November 15, 1942
Date of death: July 20, 1966
From the 1964 Lucky Bag:
From the August-September 1966 issue of SHIPMATE:
Lt.(jg) Galen E. Gilbert, USN, was lost at sea during an operational flight off the coast of Southern California on the night of 20 July . Memorial services were held in the Airman Memorial Chapel, Naval Air Station, Miramar, on the 23rd.
Lt. Gilbert was born in Siloam Springs, Ark., and was graduated from high school in Tahlequa, Okla., and from the Naval Academy in 1964. He was designated a naval aviator in December 1965, and was assigned to Fighter Squadron 174 for Fleet Replacement Pilot Training in January 1966, where he remained until 3 June when he reported for duty with VF-194 at NAS Miramar. He was making instrument approaches to the carrier Ticonderoga when the accident took place.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Galen O . Gilbert of 1112 South High St., Neosho, Mo., and a brother, Jessie Ray Gilbert, also of Neosho.
The Class of 1964 column later in that issue said "Gil became known as one of the most easy-going and popular of ourmembers. He was an ardent squash and football fan." Galen was piloting a F-8 Crusader.
Daryl Summers '64 was also in 23rd Company.