ROBERT A. GONANO, JR., 1LT, USAF

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Robert Gonano, Jr. '53

Date of birth: August 23, 1930

Date of death: August 17, 1955

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:

1953 Gonano LB.jpg

ROBERT ALBERT GONANO, JR.

Bluefield, West Virginia

Coming to Navy as an honor graduate from Greenbriar Military Academy, Bob spent plebe year in constant fear that the first class would discover his past record as a Wheel. "Guano" comes from nature's air-conditioned city, Bluefield, West Virginia; his occasional telephone calls from there never failed to produce an anecdote about his little brother Eddie. Most of his academic time was spent complaining about "the system." His main enjoyments up until second class year were the happy days spent in the instruction pool . . . Up! . . . Out! . . . and together! The intense energy Bob put into any undertaking was unbelievable but he proved himself a true and faithful friend to all.

1953 Gonano LB.jpg

ROBERT ALBERT GONANO, JR.

Bluefield, West Virginia

Coming to Navy as an honor graduate from Greenbriar Military Academy, Bob spent plebe year in constant fear that the first class would discover his past record as a Wheel. "Guano" comes from nature's air-conditioned city, Bluefield, West Virginia; his occasional telephone calls from there never failed to produce an anecdote about his little brother Eddie. Most of his academic time was spent complaining about "the system." His main enjoyments up until second class year were the happy days spent in the instruction pool . . . Up! . . . Out! . . . and together! The intense energy Bob put into any undertaking was unbelievable but he proved himself a true and faithful friend to all.

Loss

Robert was lost when his P33 jet trainer crashed near Victoria, Texas, on August 17, 1955. The other pilot was also lost.

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

In November 13, 1948, Robert was a member of the Greenbrier Military School’s “Boot and Spur Club” which was in charge of the Homecoming Dance. In April as Cadet Major, he led the battalion at its retreat parade on the grounds of the Greenbrier Hotel in Lewisburg. At the May 30, 1949, commencement, he won the officers’ medal.

Robert’s brother Sgt. 1C Donald H. Gonano, age 19, was killed in action near Kochang, Korea, on July 29, 1950. His funeral was held in Bluefield, W. V., on April 26, 1955. Their sister was Margaret Ann, and brother was Edward C.

He was survived by his wife, Janet, and their four-month-old son; he is buried in West Virginia.


Class of 1953

Robert is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

The "category" links below lead to lists of related Honorees; use them to explore further the service and sacrifice of alumni in Memorial Hall.