GERALD L. HAUSMANN, LCDR, USN
Gerald Hausmann '64
Date of birth: November 27, 1940
Date of death: July 17, 1977
From the 1964 Lucky Bag:
Jerry was lost when his A-7 crashed off Okinawa from USS Coal Sea (CV 43) on July 17, 1977 during bombing practice.
From researcher Kathy Franz:
Gerald and Patricia Ann King were married on June 19, 1965, in the Chapel at the Naval Academy.
From Austin American-Statesman on April 22, 1968: "In April 1968, Gerald was with the USS Enterprise pilots who jumped a large enemy convoy 37 miles south of Vinh in North Vietnam. At least eight of the trucks were destroyed in bombing and rocket attacks. An A4 Skyhawk pilot, he hit one truck with his bombs. “The whole truck was engulfed in flames. It looked like a pep rally bonfire,” he said."
Gerald’s brother Gregory, USN, died in an automobile accident on July 21, 1970, in Fairfield, California. Their other brother was George, USN.
George's body was not recovered, though his helmet was found among the wreckage (per Phil Ferro, of HC-3, via email on December 31, 2020). George has a memorial marker in Texas.