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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: November 14, 1961
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1948-B Lucky Bag:

1948 Engel LB.jpg



The guy is a well spring of energy ... no task is too great ... no detail is too small. When the boys would gather to spin the yarns there was no tale he could not top . . . if he was presented with obstacles, there was none which could even dampen his enthusiasm for a new hot scheme . . . regulations notwithstanding. An able disciple of Paul Bunyan...he carried out a four-year long range plan to give all of us his rugged spirit of universal friendship ... to preach the glories and grandeur of his state and its university . . . Minnesota . . . and to make us conscious of the fact that his first love was sailing, and that the Highland Light was his mistress . . . together they made their mark in the Bermuda race . . . but more often in Bay sailing . . . when not accounted for sailing; he was over in the stage gang room in Mahan Hall reclining on one of the luxurious couches the boys installed, listening to the radio, of course, there is a little activity concerned here . . . setting stages, throwing switches, ringing bells, painting sets ... in spite of his activity he found time for athletics . . . they were varied and intramural . . . but if odd minutes presented themselves he spent them in the gym. Gordy...a man we know. . . and a man who has taken great pains to know us ... an individual who seems to be a walking affirmation of: Hey, Gordy!

Gordon raced "Star Boats" and was a member of the stage crew for the Masqueraders. He graduated from the 20th Company with the class of 1948-B in June 1948. (The top half of the class academically, designated 1948-A, graduated in June 1947 as the last wartime-accelerated class.)

1948-B 20th Company


From a write-up in the Coronado News on Gordon's younger brother, Richard:

Unfortunately, his brother and inspiration, LCDR Gordon Engel was killed at the pinnacle of his career when an aircraft he was launching off of aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt near the coast of Florida, crashed when the catapult malfunctioned.

That crash was on November 14, 1961.


From Coronado Eagle and Journal, Number 40, 21 September 1950:


Ensign Helen K. Hunter, U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, became the bride of Ensign Gordon Reed Engel, USN, in a beautiful candlelight ceremony in Grace Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, last week. The service was read by Rev. Douglas Stuart, rector of Grace parish, and Rural Dean of Los Angeles. The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Claude Hunter of Los Angeles, was given in marriage by her father.

She was married in traditional candlelight cream satin with sweetheart neckline, a full skirt with cathedral train. Her fingertip veil of illusion net cascaded from a pearl banded Juliet cap.

Ensign Engel, USN, is the son of Mrs. Wilson F. Engel and the late Mr. Engel of Minneapolis, Minn. Members of his squadron from the Naval Air Station served as ushers at the wedding, and included Lt. (jg) Lionel Hemphill, USN; Ensign H. L. Hendricks Jr., USN; Ensign H. F. Smith Jr., USN, and Ensign John C. Imhoff, USN. The groom and his ushers wore white service uniforms.

A reception for 150 guests followed in Grace Church parish hall, where the wedding cake was cut with the groom’s sword.

The bride is a graduate of Los Angeles General Hospital, and is presently on duty at the Naval Air Station. The bridegrbom graduated from the Naval Academy in the class of 1948, and took his flight training at Corpus Christi. He is also on duty at the Naval Air Station.

The young service couple purchased a home in Coronado before their marriage, and following their honeymoon will make their home here.


Gordon had an older brother, Wilson Engel '46, and a younger brother (above), Richard Engel '59. His father was a graduate as well, though no name or class is given. He also had three younger sisters Barbara, Janet, and Margaret.


Gordon is co-author of "Influence of lateral-directional responses on flying qualities," his dissertation from the Naval Post Graduate School. It was published in May 1961.

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