GEORGE M. FENNELL, JR., ENS, USN

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George Fennell, Jr. '58

Date of birth: March 19, 1937

Date of death: September 21, 1958

Age: 21

Lucky Bag

From the 1958 Lucky Bag:


Obituary

From The New York Age on October 4, 1958:

Shortly after his graduation with top honors from the Annapolis Naval Academy in June this year, 21 - year - old Ensign George M. Fennell, Jr., commenting on a Negro's future in the Navy, declared: Like so many other places people are going to watch you more closely because you are a Negro. But it's up to the individual to show his stuff. If he comes through good. If he doesn't, that's too bad." On Sunday, Sept. 21, the Navy announced the death of Ensign Fennell in a plane crash during a training flight at the Naval air - base .in Pensacola, Florida. He died in the service of his country. He had "shown his stuff." Military Honors A military funeral for the Broklyn Ensign was held Thursday afternoon at the Long Island National Cemetery at Pine Lawn The following Sunday, a memorial service was held for him at the Siloam Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn has set up a Citizenship Award in his name at the four schools he attended before entering the Navy. They are The Brooklyn Tech, P.S. 45 - 47 - 42.

The late Ensign's naval career began immediately after his graduation with honor from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1954. He reported to Annapolis and graduated with distinction from the Academy last June. He capped his scholastic record there, by winning the Jack Cobb Moore Award for attaining highest marks for the course in naval aviation. On August 10 be was assigned with other classmates to Pensacola, Florida to begin training as a Navy flier.

There is slightly more to the story, but the OCR is fragmented and several articles are intertwined.

George is buried in New York. There is

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Class of 1958

George is one of 28 members of the Class of 1958 in Memorial Hall.