From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ralph Jillson '48

Date of birth: 1924

Date of death: August 12, 1944

Age: ~20

Naval Academy Register

Ralph Eber Jillson was admitted to the Naval Academy with an At Large appointment on June 12, 1944 at age 20 years 5 months.

Lucky Bag

From the 1948-A Lucky Bag "In Memoriam" page:

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Ralph was killed on August 12, 1944 on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis when a plane conducting a simulated strafing run crashed into the ship (an unidentified LCI) he was aboard. In addition to his classmate, the pilot and an observer aboard the plane were killed.

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Carroll Boswinkle '48 was also killed in this crash.

Class of 1948

Ralph is one of 46 members of the Class of 1948 on Virtual Memorial Hall.