RALPH B. STOTHARD, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ralph Stothard '51

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: October 10, 1959

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Redlands Daily Facts of Redlands, California:

Lt. Ralph Blake Stothard, a jet pilot and former submariner, was killed in the South China sea when his F4D Skyray plunged into the water after a catapult launching from the carrier USS Lexington. Stothard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Edwin Stothard of San Diego, was one of the few Navy men entitled to wear the wings of an aviator and dolphins of the submariner.

Unable to find a memory marker or firm date of the crash, but believe it was October 10, 1959. (A Skyray with VF-213, which deployed twice in the late '50s aboard USS Lexington, was written off on that date.)

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Class of 1951

Ralph is one of 48 members of the Class of 1951 in Memorial Hall.