REDMOND R. JENSEN, CAPT, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Redmond Jensen '57

Date of birth: January 23, 1934

Date of death: May 2, 1965

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1957 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Nashua Telegraph on May 3, 1965:

DERRY, N. H. (AP) - Two Marine Corps officers were killed Sunday when a T-28 single engine jet trainer crashed into a wooded hillside and burned just north of the Massachusetts-New Hampshire line. They were Capt. Norman St. Amand, 27, of Quantico, Va., and Capt. Redmomd R. Jensen, 32; of Chicago, both stationed at the Quantico Marine base in Virginia. Witnesses said the jet circled above Derry, then lost altitude, skimmed across Big Island Pond and flipped over. Careening upside down, it cut a 50-yard swath through tall pine trees and then struck the hillside. The bodies were identified by St. Amand's brother, Clarence of Derry, who said the two Marine captains had flown over his house moments before the crash. Col. Gardner Mills of nearby Grenier Air Force Base in Manchester said the men had flown there Saturday from Quantico, logging flying time, and were headed for Stewart Air Force Base in upstate New York. From there, they were to have returned to Quantico.

He is buried in Illinois.

Together We Served has some additional information on his prior service.

Family

From Find A Grave:

He was husband of Carol E., nee Hajck; father of Eric W. and Pamela; son of Alfred and Eileen Jensen; brother of Barbara A. Tyslan; grandson of Agge Valvorg Jensen.

Remembrances

From Find A Grave:

Red and I were classmates in the 8th Company at Annapolis. We sailed together on the "Freedom" during plebe summer, and were friends for the next 4 yrs. Red was one of the most patriotic, dedicated, and fun-loving people that I've ever met. He was as gung-ho as they come. Thanks, Red, for your service to our country. I hope to recall old times with you when I, too, have crossed the bar. Frank Parker, October 25, 2011

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Norman St. Amand '59 was the other pilot lost in this crash.

Gardner Brewer '57, Alfred Senior '57, and John Worrell '57 were also in 8th Company.


Class of 1957

Redmond is one of 38 members of the Class of 1957 in Memorial Hall.