From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Fossum '43

Date of birth: November 26, 1920

Date of death: September 1, 1954

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Robert was lost on September 1, 1954 during the 1954 Mediterranean cruise of USS Coral Sea (CV 43). He was the pilot of a F3 Skyknight.

From the Class of 1943 anniversary book "25 years later…":

Bob was born on January 1920 in Breckinridge, Minnesota. He was appointed from North Dakota and entered the Academy on 7 July 1939. Upon graduation he served in the battleships Alabama and Wisconsin followed by flight training. In 1949 he served in Attack Squadron 3E and Observation Squadron 23 as Executive Officer. Duty with Commander Air Force Atlantic and Chief of Naval Air Reserve Training Command followed. Then Bob served as Executive Officer of Fighter Squadron 11 and thence to duty on the carrier USS CORAL SEA. While flying from the CORAL SEA as a pilot Bob was killed in a crash on 1 September 1954, at sea.

He wore the following medals: American Defense Service with Fleet Clasp, European-African-Middle East, Asiatic Pacific with two bronze stars, Philippine Defense with one bronze star, American Theatre and WWII Victory.

He was survived by his wife Shirley Auld and son Gary who at Bob's death resided at Round Bay. c/o Mrs. Hugh Auld, Severna Park, Maryland.

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

Robert is buried in North Dakota.

He was survived by his wife, Shirley Auld, and three children, Bobby, Susan, and Gary. (Information from October 1954 issue of Shipmate.)

Class of 1943

Robert is one of 84 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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