From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Kenneth Wessel '72

Date of birth: May 10, 1950

Date of death: September 29, 1981

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1972 Lucky Bag:


LCDR Kenneth Wessel; Aircraft Handling Officer, USS Inchon (LPH 12)

Kenneth was killed when the UH-1 Huey helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia Beach. Three others escaped. He was serving as the aircraft handling officer aboard USS Inchon (LPH 12) at the time of the crash.

From the December 1981 issue of Shipmate:

LCdr. Kenneth James Wessel USN was killed in an aircraft accident on 28 September 1981 when his UH-1N Huey helicopter which was on a training mission from the amphibious assault ship INCHON crashed off Virginia Beach, Virginia. Three other crewmen were rescued. Memorial services were held on 3 October in Norfolk.

Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of New Jersey, he was graduated with the Class of 1972 and after sea duty was ordered to flight training. After designation as naval aviator he became a helicopter pilot.

He is survived by his widow, the former Mary Ann Riley of Newark, Delaware, and three children; his parents, LCol. (USAF Ret.) and Mrs. Carl Wessel of Ocean City, New Jersey; four brothers and a sister.

Class of 1972

Kenneth is one of 13 members of the Class of 1972 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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