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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: September 8, 1931
Date of death: June 27, 1956
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

1953 Weaver LB.jpg

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


Fort Smith, Arkansas

Jerry came very near hailing from the Ozarks, his home town being Fort Smith, Arkansas. As the name implied, "Clem" had a knack for "pulling strings." This combined with an above average interest in tennis, plus a definite aversion to chasing steeples and crossing country, made him a natural for the job as manager for the Navy racket men. His extra-curricular activities, punctuated with a brief tour of duty on the LUCKY BAG staff, were concerned mostly with how to make the most out of a weekend. He always had a vicious hankerin' for brew and a desire for indoor sports other than the ones strictly associated with athletics.


From Find A Grave:

A Naval Aviator, he was killed in an aircraft accident while flying a F-8 fighter from NAS North Island at Coronado, CA.

From his boyhood best friend Joseph Irwin: I read in our home town news that Jerry experienced a flameout over North Island and rather than endanger a housing area, he chose to ditch in the Ocean and did not survive. He is well remembered by his High School class of 1948 as a terrific piano player who would always draw a crowd when he would play "Flight of the Bumblebee " by ear. A squared-away, 4.0 x 4.0 guy that we knew he would go far in anything he would engage in

He was survived by his parents and at least one brother, William. He is buried in Arkansas.

Unlikely that the aircraft was a F-8; those aircraft did not enter Fleet service until 1957.

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