From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harry Lackey, II '52

Date of birth: August 1, 1930

Date of death: May 18, 1960

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1952 Lucky Bag:


From The Indianapolis Star on May 19, 1960

Jet Ditches, Killing Two Near Cape Cape Canaveral, Fla. (UPI) A Navy twin-jet plane practicing routine landings crashed into the Banana River near here yesterday, killing two and probably all three crew members. The craft, a Navy A3D based at the Sanford Naval Air Station Fla., plunged into the river just west of Patrick Air Force Base 19 miles south of this missile testing center. By late afternoon, two bodies had been recovered and the Air Force said the third man was "presumed dead." Several small boats and a helicopter searched the river for the third victim. The three men were identified as: Pilot Lt. Harry A. Lackey II, husband of Mrs. Betty B. Lackey, 115 Oakland Drive, Sanford. Instructor Pilot Lt. (JG) Louis M. Beverly, husband of Mrs. Norma Jean Beverly, 615 Briar Cliff, Sanford. Aviation Mechanic 2C Glen A. Limbert, husband of Mrs. Joan M. Limbert, 1700 Magnolia, Sanford.

The date of the crash was May 18, 1960. He is buried in Pennsylvania.


He was survived by his wife, Betty, and children Valerie, Laurence, and Roy. (Information from June-July 1960 issue of Shipmate.) He is buried near his infant son, Harry Alfred Lackey III.

Class of 1952

Harry is one of 50 members of the Class of 1952 on Virtual Memorial Hall.