JACK I. HOEL, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Jack Hoel '58

Date of birth: February 25, 1936

Date of death: September 11, 1974

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1958 Lucky Bag:

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JACK IRA HOEL

Hamilton, Ohio

Jack had no trouble in deciding between life as a Rotcee at Ohio State and one as a "midiot" at the Trade School; he blew in as if he owned the place and soon was taking everything in stride. This savvy refugee from the Buckeye State always had plenty of time and opportunity to spread his talents around; whether bringing home points on the cross country team or putting out a bigger and better Trident Calendar, Jack could always be counted on to do right by the Brigade. Then, of course, his increasing efforts as one of the Sixth's top E.I. instructors endeared him to some of his less-blessed classmates. Navy line is mighty fine as far as he's concerned; he hopes to pin on dolphins after getting his O. D. under way.


He was also a member of the Brigade staff (winter) and the Christmas Card Committee.

1958 Hoel LB.jpg

JACK IRA HOEL

Hamilton, Ohio

Jack had no trouble in deciding between life as a Rotcee at Ohio State and one as a "midiot" at the Trade School; he blew in as if he owned the place and soon was taking everything in stride. This savvy refugee from the Buckeye State always had plenty of time and opportunity to spread his talents around; whether bringing home points on the cross country team or putting out a bigger and better Trident Calendar, Jack could always be counted on to do right by the Brigade. Then, of course, his increasing efforts as one of the Sixth's top E.I. instructors endeared him to some of his less-blessed classmates. Navy line is mighty fine as far as he's concerned; he hopes to pin on dolphins after getting his O. D. under way.


He was also a member of the Brigade staff (winter) and the Christmas Card Committee.

Loss

Jack was a passenger lost in the crash of an Eastern Airlines DC-9 while on approach to Charlotte, NC. He was commanding officer of USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN 630) Blue at the time of his loss, and "was loved by the crew." (Via email from Robert Stringfellow, 630 Blue crewman, on January 4, 2018.)

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

In Hamilton High School, he was a member of the Latin Club. He was appointed to the Naval Academy by Rep. Schenck (R-Ohio). After graduation, his first duty was aboard a destroyer in Norfolk, Virginia.

Jack became ill with a paralytic attack the day before his birthday in 1971 while aboard USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN 657), stationed in Spain. He was sent to the hospital in Weisbadin, Germany. He recovered in about two weeks.

His mother Mildred lived in Hamilton; his wife and three children lived in Galesferry, Conn.

He is buried in South Carolina.

Photographs

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Class of 1958

Jack is one of 28 members of the Class of 1958 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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