NORMAN ST. AMAND, CAPT, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Norman St. Amand '59

Date of birth: May 16, 1937

Date of death: May 2, 1965

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1959 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Nashua Telegraph on May 3, 1965:

DERRY, N. H. (AP) - Two Marine Corps officers were killed Sunday when a T-28 single engine jet trainer crashed into a wooded hillside and burned just north of the Massachusetts-New Hampshire line. They were Capt. Norman St. Amand, 27, of Quantico, Va., and Capt. Redmomd R. Jensen, 32; of Chicago, both stationed at the Quantico Marine base in Virginia. Witnesses said the jet circled above Derry, then lost altitude, skimmed across Big Island Pond and flipped over. Careening upside down, it cut a 50-yard swath through tall pine trees and then struck the hillside. The bodies were identified by St. Amand's brother, Clarence of Derry, who said the two Marine captains had flown over his house moments before the crash. Col. Gardner Mills of nearby Grenier Air Force Base in Manchester said the men had flown there Saturday from Quantico, logging flying time, and were headed for Stewart Air Force Base in upstate New York. From there, they were to have returned to Quantico.

Norm is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He survived a mid-air collision and ejection on December 13, 1962.

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Redmond Jensen '57 was the other pilot lost in this crash.


Class of 1959

Norman is one of 31 members of the Class of 1959 in Memorial Hall.