From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Richard Clinite '49

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: May 13, 1953

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1949 Lucky Bag:


Richard's F9F-5 was shot down on May 13, 1953 by anti-aircraft artillery over Wonsan Harbor. He was a member of VF-153, operating from USS Antietam (CVA 36). (Note Ejection History link says USS Princeton; believe this to be an error based on the squadron history and this book entry.)

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch on May 20, 1953, there's a very confusing account of Dick's loss by an eye-witness. He apparently parachuted into the sea but was unable to free himself from his parachute in high wind. This prevented a helicopter rescue; he was drowned by the time a destroyer arrived.

The paper said he was survived by his "wife and two young daughters."

Class of 1949

Richard is one of 40 members of the Class of 1949 in Memorial Hall.