From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Gollner '49

Date of birth: March 7, 1927

Date of death: January 11, 1952

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1949 Lucky Bag:


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From Find A Grave:

Joseph H Gollner graguated from the Naval Academy, class of 1949. He went to Naval Flight School and was assigned to fly the Navy's AD-4 aircraft. Assigned to VF-54, flying from the USS Essex (CV-9) off the East Coast of Korea, he was killed in the line of duty shortly after takeoff on 11 Jan 1952. The Action Report from the Essex reports: "LTJG Gollner's plane departed at 1235 and after a normal takeoff, jettisioned 1-one thousand bomb then climbed abruptly to about 900 ft, made three shallow turns to the right, the last turn steepened into a nose down diving spiral. The plane sank immediately after striking the water. Two helicopters conducted a fruitless search for the pilot. No radio transmissions were received from the pilot at any time. Cause unknown."

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant, Junior Grade Joseph Henry Gollner (NSN: 0-521481), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Fighter Squadron FIFTY-FOUR (VF-54), embarked in U.S.S. ESSEX (CV-9), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 29 October 1951.

General Orders: All Hands (July 1952)
Action Date: October 29, 1951
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Fighter Squadron 54 (VF-54)
Division: U.S.S. Essex (CV-9)

Class of 1949

Joseph is one of 40 members of the Class of 1949 in Memorial Hall.