GILBERT J. KIRK, JR., LCDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: April 19, 1926
Date of death: October 12, 1961
Age: 35

Lucky Bag

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From the 1949 Lucky Bag:

Gilbert J. Kirk, Jr.

DALTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Dalton, Massachusetts, in the heart of the Berkshire hills, claims Gil Kirk as one of the home town boys who made good. After attending Dalton High for two years, where he played football, he transferred to Wilbraham Academy, where he played tackle on the football team and worked at the field events on the track squad. Gil enlisted in the Navy during his senior year there, and eventually wound up at Dartmouth in the V-5. We received him here via NAPS to go into the brigade late in the summer of 1945 with the tailormades barely off his back. Gil's main claim to fame lay in his membership on the 1946 championship interbattalion pushball team, his football career having been held down because of injury. He was best known for his ability to tease, living up to his Irish ancestry.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any information about Gil's life or loss. Class of 1949 History gives only "A/C BNR S. China Sea". Suspect he was flying F3H-2 BuNo 143426, which was written off on October 12, 1961. That aircraft was assigned to Fighter Squadron (VF) 213, which was on a deployment to the western Pacific in late 1961.

Gil has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

Other

He survived an ejection from his F-3 Demon on July 22, 1960, parachuting into water before being rescued by a helicopter.

Family

His wife, Marjory, remarried in 1965; the announcement said she had four children. One of those, his son Phillip, was engaged to be married in 1989.


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Gilbert is one of 40 members of the Class of 1949 in Memorial Hall.
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