IAN N. FRASER, LTJG, USN

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Lucky Bag

From the 1948-B Lucky Bag:

1948 Fraser LB.jpg

IAN NIARN FRASER

WAVERLY, NEW YORK

Scotty is looking forward to duty aboard Old Ironsides . . . it's the only ship left in the Navy with sails, and if a ship doesn't have sails . . . Scotty just won't be at home. Academics were merely. something that broke up sailing trips ... he did fine with them, but they kept him off the bounding bay most of the week. Scotty's sunburn lasted from early April to late September ... it made his freckles stand out like Diamond Shoal lightship ... he ruined many a drag's complexion . . . but none of them seemed to mind. A charter member of the Hellcats. . . Scotty blew a mean bugle until 1/c year, when he traded the bugle in for the whistle that went with the Corps' 3 striper outfit. Even in athletics, the laddy wouldn't leave his beloved water . . . swimming and water polo filled the days when the yawls were laid up. During first class year he fought the inevitable conflict of yawls vs. football. Sometimes our understanding failed us . . . imagine giving up two weeks of leave to sail the "Vamarie" to Bermuda ... or a Saturday morning inspection when he had a kitten in his confidential locker. Yet, he was not to be dismayed by the never ending system.

Ian was a member of the Hop Committee, commanded 3rd Company in both the winter and spring, was Vice Commodore of the Boat Club, and was on the 150 Pound Football team. Recipient of an Athletic Association Award: "A Cup on which is inscribed the name of the company winning the Inter-Company Athletic Competition of the current academic year. The presentation of this award is made to the midshipman company commander of the winning company. Recipient: 3rd Company. Midshipman Ian Nairn Fraser, 1st Class." He graduated from the 3rd 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 3rd Company
1948-B Boat Club Leadership

Loss

Ian was lost on May 5, 1953 when his A-1D Skyraider crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey. He was flying from USS Hancock. It doesn't appear that he was married.

Related Articles

Hubert Loheed '48 and Ralph Brown, Jr. '48 were also all members of the Boat Club. Hubert was Commodore and Ian was Vice-Commodore.

Robert Reem '48 was also in 3rd Company.

Don Stephens '48 was also on the 150 pound football team.


Class Navigation

Class of 1948
Ian is one of 46 members of the Class of 1948 in Memorial Hall.
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