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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: June 6, 1930
Date of death: May 8, 1956
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

1952 Calkins LB.jpg

From the 1952 Lucky Bag:

Robert Edward Calkins

Arlington, Virginia

Robert, from nearby Arlington, Virginia, hit Navy fresh from the rigors of a Rat's existence at Virginia Tech. Bob spent most of his time dodging the cross-country and steeplechase teams and worked sports events for the Public Relations Committee. The annual swimming tests were always red letter days, but academics didn't offer many difficulties, and Bob was always near those stars. One to speak his mind, he could always be found by zeroing in on his voice as it echoed through Bancroft. Hard working and dependable, Bob was off to a good start in a Naval Career.

He was also recipient of an “E Award.”

Life & Loss

Unable to find any information about Robert's life or loss. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

He was a pilot of AD Skyraiders; one was lost from Fighter Squadron (VF) 54 on that date.

In the Class of 1952's book, “As We Recall,” the only information given is "aircraft accident 1956."


Robert survived a mid-air collision in March 1955; he and the other pilot both parachuted from their planes and were rescued.

Class Navigation

Class of 1952
Robert is one of 48 members of the Class of 1952 in Memorial Hall.
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