GOODWIN W. SANDVIG, LT, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: December 14, 1919
Date of death: March 8, 1951
Age: 31

Lucky Bag

1943 Sandvig LB.jpg

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:

GOODWIN WALDO SANDVIG

Brooten, Minnesota

The state of Minnesota gave up a good man when "Sandy" decided to take to the sea. With two years of college behind him, he took it easy on the academics, and hard on the athletics. To make the Navy crew required a lot of hard work and long hours on the Severn, but he won his letter regardless. However, this didn't take out enough time to prevent his dragging whenever the opportunity presented itself or from blowing his clarinet. A tall, good-natured Norwegian, with a liking for fishing and basketball, "Sandy" will go a long way without any trouble, and he intends that it be with the Navy Air Service.

He was a member of the crew team.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

Goodwin was lost when the P4M Mercator patrol bomber he was piloting crashed in the Chesapeake Bay, near the mouth of the Rappahannock River, on March 8, 1951. Three other men aboard were also lost.

He was survived by his wife and two sons; he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Other

Sandvig Road aboard NAS Patuxent River is named in Goodwin's honor.


Class Navigation

Class of 1943
Goodwin is one of 77 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.
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