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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: 1948
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

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From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

Norman Leslie Wilky

Hollywood, California

Arriving at the Academy in army uniform, Norm wasted little time in showing that Navy Blue was his favorite. Not satisfied with a plain blue uniform, Norm added stars plebe year; and when first class year rolled around, he had it trimmed with four stripes. He was always in front, in a soccer game or a parade; and always pulling for Navy, even in a battalion shell. At hops all of us were glad to see Norm drag, as we knew he would never stay in a stag line very long. We will be glad to row him aboard our ship anytime, a shipmate whose first love is the Service.

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


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From National Air and Space Museum Wall of Honor:

Lieutenant Norman L. Wilky journeyed from his Los Angeles home to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis as a member of the 1944 Naval Academy class, men who, by history's vicissitude, became "three-year wonders." He graduated in 1943 and served the remainder of World War II aboard the battleship Massachusetts.

Devoted to the Navy, he wanted next in his career to join those who, in the words of his favorite poem "High Flight," have "slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies" in the "high untrespassed sanctity of space" and "touched the face of God." At Pensacola he earned the wings insignia of a pilot. He also proudly wore the "Pegleg Pete" emblem when his squadron flew from the second carrier Princeton and received the honor of making the ten-thousandth landing on U. S. S. Boxer.

Norm was killed accidentally in 1948 while commanding a training mission. There is a measure of solace that his premature passing came in a place and fulfilling duty he cherished: In the air, flying a Corsair, serving his country. The Wall of Honor engraving is dedicated by his wife and two children in loving memory.

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Class of 1944
Norman is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 in Memorial Hall.
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