From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Harper '44

Date of birth: June 23, 1921

Date of death: February 20, 1946

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:


Bruce was lost when his FG-1D Corsair crashed near NAS Miami, Florida on February 20, 1946 while participating in night formation flying training. A contemporary newspaper reported "Harper was flying in a formation of six when he suddenly veered off and crashed in flames, Lieutenant (Jg) William B. Barrow, flight leader, reported."

Bruce has a memorial in Graceland Cemetery in Creston, Iowa.

Class of 1944

Robert is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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