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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: 1926
Date of death: September 18, 1958
Age: ~32

Lucky Bag

1951 Shimer LB.jpg

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:

Melvin Galliner Shimer

St. Joseph, Missouri

Born and bred in St. Joseph, Missouri ... as a boy Mel always dreamed of a military life . . . rising progressively from commander-in-chief of a pair of mules in ole Missouri through a two-year hitch in the Marines, he came to Navy to really top off his military career . . . when it came to dishing out sports, Mel tried them all, but could not find one he really liked so settled down with a deck of cards and a record of Semper Fidelis as extra-curricular activities . . . his favorite pastime is a blonde from Baltimore . . . had his heart set on a commission in the Gyrenes . . . the Air Force looks good. . . will probably end up there.

He was also a member of the 17th Company staff (winter).


Mel was lost when the Beachcraft aircraft he was flying crashed off the coast of Monterey, California, on September 18, 1958. Two others aboard were also lost. He has a memory marker in Missouri.

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Class of 1951
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