NORMAN W. WHITE, LCDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: June 5, 1917
Date of death: May 4, 1945
Age: 27

Lucky Bag

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From the 1939 Lucky Bag:

NORMAN WOODROW WHITE

QUINCY, MASSACHUSETTS

Norm, Whitey

A sailor by heritage, Norm has been at home in the naval school for boys from the day he entered. Taking his academics as they came, he has had ample time for other fields of greater personal interest to himself. A gambler at heart, "Whitey" will take a chance on anything. Although always ready for a last game of "touch," one of cribbage would be still more to his liking. We quote as a further sailorlike characteristic a familiar exclamation of his: "Don't tear that shirt! It's good tor a couple more launderings yet." Being of the tall-dark-and-han'some variety, he likes his women or leaves them, as the mood dictates. Four years of close and harmonious association with him have shown us that his future is secure.

Wrestling 4; Radio Club 1; Movie Gang; Log Staff; 1 Stripe.

Loss

From Find A Grave:

Killed in the crash of a Navy PBY Catalina "Flying Boat" that struck a fog shrouded hillside close to the Golden Gate bridge, near Sausalito, California. Eight other crewmembers also perished.

The accident report is available here. (Because the loss was on an operational patrol, he is listed here under the WWII category.)

Norman was executive officer of Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 84.


Class Navigation

Class of 1939
Norman is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.
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