ROBERT J. GRAFF, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Graff '67

Date of birth: June 9, 1945

Date of death: March 17, 1971

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1967 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From the News Herald on March 24, 1971

From The 5th Battalion Anniversary Book:

Navy LT Robert J. Graff, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Graff of Hilltown Township, Pennsylvania was killed in March 1971 in an airplane crash during a training mission in Blythe, California. Bob was a Vietnam veteran, and a graduate of Pennridge High School in Pennsylvania.

He was flying an A-7E attack aircraft and was practicing low-level maneuvers when his plane crashed and exploded. Lt. Graff was on a routine training flight from the Lemoore Naval Air Facility near Fresno. During his tour of duty in Vietnam, he was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard and flew 25 combat missions.

Robert was a member of Attack Squadron (VA) 122.

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Known as “Skip,” he graduated in 1963 from Pennridge High School. “Wields a humorous dagger … disproves axiom that intelligent students don’t have cars … possesses heralded ability to ease tension in class … happy with Reuby … proud midshipman … lives for a goal.” Tennis 3, 4; PENNANT yearbook staff, National Honor Society. He won a college scholarship to Lafayette College. He received his Navy flight training at Pensacola, Meridian, Beeville and Jacksonville. For his flight service in Southeast Asia, he received the Air Medal in May 1970. He suffered a foot injury during his tour in Vietnam and was treated at a Navy installation in Philadelphia before being sent to Lemoore.

On March 24, funeral services were held at Calvary Church near Souderton, Pennsylvania. Burial was in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Prospectville.

Survived by his parents Robert A. and Esther Graff, and maternal grandparents Robert and Mabel Rabiger.

He is buried in Pennsylvania.

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Class of 1967

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