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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: 1920
Date of death: 1954
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1943 Fossum LB.jpg

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Christine, North Dakota

Bob Fossum, that "man from Dakota," the terror of the badlands and of more than one feminine heart, came to the Navy with a light heart if there ever was one, and it didn't get an ounce heavier during his whole sojourn in good old Crabtown. Bob was never known to worry about a thing and least of all about academics. Keeping tab on the sports world seemed to be his main diversion, plus an active participation in intramural sports and activities. Foss was a star man on the battalion wrestling team and lent more than moral support with his ready smile and genuine enthusiasm.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Unable to determine the exact details of Robert's loss, it was sometime during the 1954 Mediterranean cruise of USS Coral Sea (CV 43). He was the pilot of a F3 Skyknight and a member of Fighter Squadron (VF) 11.

Coral Sea's cruise was from July 7 to December 20.

Robert is buried in North Dakota.

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