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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: February 19, 1927
Date of death: May 26, 1963
Age: 36

Lucky Bag

1951 Tollefson LB.jpg

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:

Norris Mohn Tollefson

Huron, South Dakota

From the "Pheasant Capital of the World" . . . said of him in his high school annual, 1944, "Greater men than I have lived, but I doubt it" . . . two years at the University of South Dakota . . . majored in pinball and bridge . . . fraternity parties consumed most of his time . . . passed with the aid of fraternity files . . . got his social start as a sorority houseboy . . . enlisted in the Navy in 1946 . . . first class SCTM, Corpus Christi, Texas . . . thinks small chenille radiators should be awarded for extra curricular activities . . . received a citation for "Bravery in the face of a slide rule" . . . member of the NA choir plebe and youngster years . . . also NA 10 . . . headed for Navy Air.


From Redlands Daily Facts of Redlands, California, on May 27, 1963:

The four-man crew of an S2F tracer plane from the aircraft carrier Kearsarge was missing and presumed dead today, the commander of Air Force Pacific Fleet said. The plane crashed during antisubmarine warfare exercises about 150 miles south of Honolulu Sunday. The crew members were Lt. Cmdr. Norris M. Tollefson of Imperial Beach, the pilot; Lt. (j.g.) Richard E. Harrington, of Saratoga, the co-pilot; PO 1/C Ernest H. Gunther, of Imperial Beach; and PO 2/C. Ray Harold Hash, of Chula Vista.

The date of the crash was May 26, 1963. He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

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