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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: February 27, 1921
Date of death: October 16, 1951
Age: 30

Lucky Bag

1943 Oxley LB.jpg

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Woodbine, New Jersey "Ox" laid a firm foundation for his success in lacrosse immediately upon entering the Naval academy, first plebe summer on the company team, later in the year on the fourth class team, and the next two years on the varsity. In between he found time to play battalion football and assist the Stage Gang a little, the latter because it offered him plenty of chances to work with his hands. Studies weren't too hard for him because he could concentrate and had plenty of common sense. He also has the rare quality of knowing when to keep his mouth shut and he certainly made a swell "wife."

He was a member of the lacrosse team.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Blair was lost on October 16, 1951 when his F2H-2 Banshee, operating from USS Essex (CV 9), was hit by anti-aircraft artillery and crashed near Majon-ni, North Korea. The aircraft exploded on impact with the ground.

He was squadron operations officer for Fighter Squadron (VF) 172. He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.


One month before he was shot down, on September 16, 1951, he had a mid-air collision with another aircraft from his squadron. Irad was able to land safely, but the other pilot was lost when his aircraft crashed into another aircraft during recovery aboard USS Essex (CV 9).

Blair was an honorable mention for the 1942 All American Lacrosse team.

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Class of 1943
Irad is one of 77 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.
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