From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Oswald Zink '38

Date of birth: November 25, 1914

Date of death: December 13, 1941

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Oswald was lost on December 13, 1941 when his Curtiss SON-1 Seagull scout plane, operating from USS Cincinnati (CL 6) crashed in the vicinity of St. Lucia.

From naval aviation historian Richard Leonard via email on February 9, 2018:

  • Designated Naval Aviator # 7466, 4/21/1941
  • Date of rank LTJG from 1 Jul 1941 USN Register, 6/2/1941
  • VCS-2 USS Cincinnati (CL-6) KIFA BNR, 12/13/1941

Unable to determine for sure, but believe it likely that he was lost on an operational (non-training) flight; Cincinnati was actively patrolling throughout this period.

Memorial Hall Error?

Oswald is not listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall. While not an obvious error, inclusion on the panel for crashes like this—which appears to be incidental to a combat flight—has been inconsistent across WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Class of 1938

Oswald is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.