From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Jackson Robinson '46

Date of birth: January 16, 1923

Date of death: October 18, 1956

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1946 Lucky Bag:


From The San Bernardino County Sun on October 20, 1956

The Navy Friday reported the death in an aircraft accident in the Pacific of Lt. Jackson Roy Robinson, Lynnhaven, Va. A report from the carrier Bennington said his jet fighter crashed into the sea after being catapulted from the deck Thursday west of Hawaii.

The date of the accident was October 18, 1956. Unable to find a memory marker or any further details. He is not listed in the USS Bennington (CV 20) WestPac Cruise Book 1956-57, but there is no In Memoriam page or even firm dates for departure on cruise.


From the December 1956 issue of Shipmate:

JACK ROBINSON was lost when his FJ-3 Fury crashed into the sea after having been catapulted from the deck of USS BENNINGTON (CVA-20) somewhere west of Pearl Harbor. His body was not recovered. Jack was attached to Fighter Squadron 21, an Oceana squadron which is temporarily deployed with the Pacific Fleet as a unit of Air Task Group 181. Jack was also aboard the Forrestal (CVA 59) during her shakedown cruise and was among the first pilots to fly off her huge flight deck. Jack was designated a naval aviator in 1949, took Communication PG at Monterey in 1952, and after a tour of duty at NAS Hutchinson, Kan., joined VF-21 in 1954.

He is survived by his widow, Barbara, and two children, Melinda (3), and Jack (1 mo.), who will remain in Lynnhaven, Va.


He graduated the Naval Postgraduate School in July, 1952.

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Class of 1946

Jackson is one of 35 members of the Class of 1946 on Virtual Memorial Hall.