From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Gleason '51

Date of birth: July 16, 1929

Date of death: March 31, 1954

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:


George was lost on March 31, 1954 when his aircraft, sitting on the deck of USS Midway (CV 41), was destroyed by a plane that crashed into it. The ship was operating in the Mediterranean Sea at the time.

The other pilot was killed, as was an airman working on the deck of the carrier. There is a twelve-photo sequence of the F2H-3 Banshee of VF-31 "Tomcatters" going over the barrier, and then a picture of the result. Unsure of George's squadron; at least one of the aircraft damaged/destroyed was from Fighter Squadron (VF) 33.

He was survived by his wife, Grete, and two daughters. (Information from May 1954 issue of Shipmate.)

Unable to find a burial or memorial location.

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Class of 1951

George is one of 48 members of the Class of 1951 on Virtual Memorial Hall.