From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Hansen '52

Date of birth: June 29, 1928

Date of death: August 14, 1963

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1952 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Winona Daily News (Winona, Minnesota)
15 August, 1963

La Crosse Man On Missing Plane

NORFOLK, Va. -- Two men, one from Wisconsin, were missing and presumed dead and three others were injured when a plane ditched in the Mediterranean Tuesday night, the Navy said Wednesday.

Presumed dead are Lt. Cmdr. Robert F Hansen, 36, the pilot, and James H Dorrell, 19, Aviation Electronics Technician 3.C.

Hansen was the son of Herbert G. Hansen of La Crosse, Wis. His wife, Mrs. Jean T. Hansen, lived in Norfolk.

Dorrell was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Dorrell of Route 1, Weed, Calif.

The Navy plane, an E1B Tracer, had engine trouble soon after it took off from the carrier Enterprise during antisubmarine warfare exercises. The craft ditched between the carrier and a destroyer.

The carrier Enterprise is operating with the U.S. 6th Fleet.

He has a memory marker in Wisconsin.

Class of 1952

Robert is one of 50 members of the Class of 1952 on Virtual Memorial Hall.