ORVILLE C. EVERHART, JR., LT, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: December 13, 1920
Date of death: January 28, 1953
Age: 32

Lucky Bag

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From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

Orville Clifford Everhart, Jr.

Hico, Texas

Long before he came to this "Navy School for Boys," "Happy" was a sea- soned "salt" and a cosmopolite supreme, and since that summer of 1941, he has been in constant demand keeping all hands "squared away on this stuff." His radio was "Happy's" pride and joy: when he wasn't listening to it, he had it apart trying to coax a few more decibels from its battered speaker. If "Happy" doesn't someday make Admiral, it will be only because he spent too much time with the boys on the fantail, instead of in the wardroom keeping up his fences. It will be a great day when the Fleet reclaims her own; "Happy's" a good man.

The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

From VP Navy:

On 28 January 1953, four officers and six crewmen, flying in VP-9 P4Y BUNO: 59937, were lost while making an approach to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. There were no survivors and the wreckage on Black Peak, WA, was not found until snow melted in April.

The plane commander was LT(jg) Leland R. Stegmerten and the co-pilot LT(jg) David Jarvis. They were transporting the Commander of FAW-6, CAPT Julian David (Judy) Greer (USNA-1927) and a member of his staff, LT(jg) O.C. Everhart, from NAS Alameda, California to attend a meeting at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Crew members were: ADC C.C. Longacre, AT1 T.W. Huffman, AO3 J.A. Kerrigan, AO3 J.L. McDonnell, AD3 H.L. Ziemba and ADAN T.J. Whitehead..." Contributed by BAUR, Fred G. fgbaur@aol.com [14NOV2010]

Orville is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Julian Greer '27 and Leland Stegemerten '49 were also lost in this crash.


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