From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Jo Humes '45

Date of birth: January 22, 1923

Date of death: April 12, 1956

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:


From At the Helm of USS America: The Aircraft Carrier and Its 23 Commanders:

In late 1955, Lt. Cdr. Joe Humes, the Ops Officer for VF-21, while recovering aboard Forrestal, just ahead of me, had a wire part. The cable wrapped around his tailhook, snapping his Fury inverted on the deck. Joe was killed instantly. His Fury slid up the deck and off into the water and disappeared. Capt. Donald D. Engen

This accident occurred on April 12, 1956 off the coast of Virginia. He was survived by his wife, Evelyn Sahm Humes, and their three children.

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Class of 1945

Jo is one of 59 members of the Class of 1945 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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