From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Moffett, Jr. '49

Date of birth: January 17, 1926

Date of death: October 24, 1952

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1949 Lucky Bag:


Unable to find exact details on George's loss, but can piece together the following: He was "lost at sea" as a pilot with Fighter Squadron (VF) 31 while operating in the Mediterranean. Fighter Squadron (VF) 31 flew the F2H Banshee at the time; George's loss isn't listed on a master list of that aircraft. He likely was aboard USS Leyte (CVA 32); VF-31 (and the other two mentioned in the report of George being lost at sea) are in that ship's cruise book from 1952-1953. There is no "In Memoriam" page.


From Corpus Christi Caller-Times on February 18, 1951:

Mrs. George L. Moffett, Jr., the former Ruth Wuensche, is pictured in her wedding dress of antique white satin which she wore with an illusion veil which fell from a starched lace pillbox. She and Ens. Moffett, who were married at Trinity Lutheran Church here on Feb. 4, are on a wedding trip to New Jersey, following which they will be at home at Norfolk, Va. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Wuensche, 815 Louisiana.

The couple's engagement was announced in that same paper on January 7, 1951.

She remarried, to a Navy Lieutenant, in September 1954. She passed away in 2016 at age 98; she and George had no children together.

Class of 1949

George is one of 40 members of the Class of 1949 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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