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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: 1916
Date of death: January 18, 1960
Age: ~43

Lucky Bag

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From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Bowling Green, Ohio

Although the Swede has often clashed with the Bull and Dago departments, his three years at college enabled him to take the Math and Skinny in his stride. Always the possessor of an enormous appetite, he has never been known to turn down chow of any kind. Although he engages in all sports with zest, his favorite is basketball, and he has shown himself to be quite a star at that sport. From external appearances Hood is a red mike, but one glance at his locker door and you will understand why he is counting the days till June, 1942. Conscientious and sincere in all his undertakings, he is the type one is proud to call a friend.


Wendell was a passenger aboard Capital Airlines Flight 20, which crashed on January 18, 1960 while enroute from Washington, D.C. to Norfolk, Virginia.

He is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery.

He was survived by his brother, who filed a suit on his behalf alleging wrongful death.

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Wendell Thompson ’41 was also lost in this crash. They were both the final names added to their respective class' panels in Memorial Hall.

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