GILBERT J. KIRK, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Gilbert Kirk, Jr. '49

Date of birth: April 19, 1926

Date of death: October 12, 1961

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1949 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Unable to find any definitive information about Gil's 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.


Class of 1949

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