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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: October 2, 1922
Date of death: February 4, 1965
Age: 42

Lucky Bag

1947 Layser LB.jpg

From the 1947 Lucky Bag:

Richard Gene Layser

Myerstown, Pennsylvania

Gunner found that the only ship big enough to hold his mighty hulk was a sub. When the Math Department discovered that the only way he could add two and two was to get out his bead board, they closed in, and the next two years were more dangerous than a sub patrol The Mighty Midget found his athletic ability in lacrosse and proved to all that dynamite comes in small packages. He got more letters in one mail than his three wives did in a month, and all from "her." If you should ever feel someone poking you in the ribs, and saying, "Hey, Bub," reach and take him in tow a well found friend.

The Class of 1947 was graduated in June 1946 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Richard was lost when his AD Skyraider [ crashed] on February 4, 1965 while operating from USS Saratoga (CV 60) in the Mediterranean. He was Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron (VA) 35 at the time of his loss.

He is listed on the "In Memoriam" page of USS Saratoga (CV 60)'s 1964-1965 cruise book.

He has a memory marker in California.

Class Navigation

Class of 1947
Richard is one of 27 members of the Class of 1947 in Memorial Hall.
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