From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harold Mooney, Jr. '57

Date of birth: July 9, 1932

Date of death: August 4, 1969

Age: 37

Lucky Bag

From the 1957 Lucky Bag:


From the December 1969 issue of Shipmate:

LCdr. Harold L. Mooney Jr., USN, died on 4 Aug. as a result of the Navy C-47 aircraft crash in the Andes, which also took the life of his wife Shelby P. Mooney.

Born in New York City, LCdr. Mooney enlisted in the Navy and served three years prior to entering the Naval Academy; he was graduated in June 1957. He assisted in the indoctrination of the class of 1961 at the Academy before duty in the USS JARVIS and a tour at the Naval Electronics Laboratory in San Diego. After attending the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey from 1961 to 1964, he received a Master's degree in engineering electronics. During this period he also was selected as an engineering duty officer. LCdr. Mooney served at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in the Production Department and attended the Defense Language Institute. In Sept. 1968 he reported to the U. S. Military Group, Navy Section in Talcahuano, Chile.

Survivors include a daughter Sharon and two sons David and Douglas; his parents Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Mooney Sr. and a brother Peter of 38 Hamilton Lane, Darien, Ct. 06820.

From Find A Grave:

He was the son of Harold Lester Mooney, Sr (b 1904 son of William J Mooney and Jennie L Brady) and Lillian M Jones Mooney (b 1906 daughter of William J Jones and Pauline Muller) of Darien, Connecticut. His parents were married 25 December 1930 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. His brother was Peter.

He married Shelby Vaughn Penn 15 June 1957 at Larchmont, New York. They had lived in Darien, Connecticut where Harold's parents had lived for a time. Together they had three children.

US Navy aircraft C-47 BuNo 17254 disappeared while en route from its home base at El Belloto Naval Air Station near Vina del Mar, Chile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. One intermediate stop had been made at Los Cerrillos Airport, Santiago, Chile, for international clearance. There were four crew members and twelve passengers on board consisting in part of several dependents of US Military, both Navy and Air Force. The flight was en route for scheduled necessary maintenance at Buenos Aires. It is believed that a crash occurred shortly after last contact at 1716 hours 4 August 1969, killing all occupants. It is suspected that weather conditions were the primary cause of the accident. This aircraft and the remains of its crew have never been found and are still missing.

The crew members and passengers were:

  • CDR Ralph J Touch, USN, Pilot, from Des Moines IA
  • LCDR James P Kuhn, USN, Co-Pilot, from Osage IA
  • ATC Joe Fernandez, USN, Radioman, from El Paso TX
  • ADRC John T Higgins, USN, Aircraft Mechanic, from Medford MA
  • LCDR Harold L Mooney, USN, Passenger, from New York NY
  • SSgt Frank A Homer, USAF, Passenger
  • TSgt Robert L Paterson, Jr, USAF, Passenger, from PA
  • SSgt Ronnie J Ball, USAF, Passenger
  • Shelby Penn Mooney, Wife of LCDR Mooney, Passenger
  • Elisabeth/Elizabeth Anne Smith, Wife of Capt Floyd E Smith, Passenger
  • Norma Ann Heist Touch, Wife of CDR Touch, Passenger
  • Carol Tilton, Wife of CDR Robert L Tilton, Passenger
  • Claudine Cox Fernandez, Wife of ATC Fernandez, Passenger
  • Carol Homer, Wife of SSgt Homer, Passenger
  • Esther Zuluaga Paterson, Wife of TSgt Paterson, Passenger
  • Norma R Orcutt Ball, Wife of SSgt Ball, Passenger

His wife was aboard the aircraft, also as a passenger.


He was listed as a LCDR in press reports, but is a CDR in Memorial Hall. Assuming posthumous promotion.

Class of 1957

Harold is one of 38 members of the Class of 1957 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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