KEITH L. RASMUSSEN, LCDR, USN
Keith Rasmussen '58
Date of birth: February 24, 1936
Date of death: October 19, 1971
From the 1958 Lucky Bag:
From the Desert Sun on October 20, 1971 and via the California Digital Newspaper Connection:
A collision between two Navy planes on a routine training mission over the Sea of Japan apparently killed all five crewmen aboard one of the craft, according to a spokesman here. The Navy spokesman said the collision occurred Monday night when the two planes, both in landing patterns approaching the aircraft carrier Midway, collided in midair.
All five crewmen aboard an E-2B Hawkeye radar plane apparently went down with the craft, the Navy said Tuesday. No wreckage of the craft was sighted, but the Navy said it was continuing the search and the cause if the collision was under investigation.
The Navy said the pilot of the other plane involved, an A 7 Corsair, attempted to reach the Marine Corps air station at Iwakuni, Japan, 130 miles away, but was forced to eject 4 1-2 miles short of the runway. The pilot, identified as Lt. (J.G.) William C. Hoyt, 25, based at Lemoore Naval Air Station, Calif., was rescued by a Marine helicopter and treated for minor injuries before being returned to the Midway.
The dead cewmen were identified by the Navy as Lt. Cmdr. Keith L. Rasmussen, 35; Lt. Det. H. Von Pritschyns, 26: and Lt. Ned J. Tucker, 32, all of Colorado, Calif; Lt. Ellery B. Pearlman, 28, San Diego; and PO 2. C. Roger E. Poe, Whitehaven. Tenn. All were attached to carrier Early Warning Squadron 115 at the North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego.
Keith has a memory marker in Minnesota.