GEORGE P. VARVER, JR., LCDR, USNR
George Varver, Jr. '59
Date of birth: September 5, 1936
Date of death: December 11, 1973
From Greek American Military Memorial Dedication, posted on November 2nd, 2011:
LCDR George P. Varver Jr., Seattle, Washington
Lieutenant Commander Varver received his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1955 and received his commission as a Naval Officer at Newport, R.I. in 1959. He joined the Naval Air Reserve at Sand Point and was assigned as executive officer on a sea going tug stationed at Pier 91. On December 13, 1973, while on a mission to pick up personnel from Whidbey Naval Station, to return them to their families for Christmas, the Navy plane crashed on Great Sitkin Island in the Aleutian chain. He is buried in Evergreen Washelli’s Veterans Memorial Cemetery—Bunker Hill Section.
The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania had news of the crash on Friday, December 14, 1973, and included the following:
The wreckage was seen near the 4,700-foot peak of the island about 25 miles north of Adak Naval Air Station. The crew, which included extra pilots and navigators for sustained long-distance flying, was composed of two regular Navy men and eight reservists, mostly from the Seattle area. The Navy released the identities of all of the men except the pilot, whose family could not be immediately located. The reservists included copilot Lt. Cmdr. James F. Owenby of Everett, Wash.; copilot Lt. Cmdr. George P. Varver Jr. of Seattle; navigator Lt. Cmdr. Felix Skiwaski Jr., Federal Way, Wash.; navigator Lt. Donald E. Wendling, Los Angeles; co-pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael D. Robinson, Bellevue, Wash.; chief Floyd J. Badgett, Sumner, Wash.; and chief Olen L. Vickery, El Paso, Tex. Active duty personnel included Aviation Electronics Technicians Alfred H. Dahldren and David J. Dobesh, both of Oak Harbor, Wash.