ROBERT L. JUNGKLAS, LT, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: June 14, 1919
Date of death: August 18, 1950
Age: 31

Lucky Bag

1943 Jungklas LB.jpg

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:

ROBERT LYONS JUNGKLAS

Saginaw, Michigan

"Midshipman Junklas, 4/c, sir!"—"Carry on, I'm your new wife." That was the start of three years together by the bay. It really has been three wonderful years. Savvy? His class standing shows that. Personality plus? Ask his multitude of friends. Hoiman's activities were numerous: plebe lacrosse, battalion lacrosse, press detail, and pep committee. His first love, the Reception Committee, gave him the rating of Battalion Chairman during first and second class years. Junk's three years here were divided between dragging queens and receiving visiting teams, and there is no doubt that he was successful in both fields of endeavor.

He was commander of 8th Company for the second set and a member of the lacrosse team.

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.

Loss

From Lansing State Journal on August 20, 1950:

Saginaw Pilot Dies in Crash

Tail of Plane Sheared Off In Mid-Air Collision

Quonset Point, R.I., Aug. 19 (AP) — The naval air station announced today that the fighter pilot killed last night in a landing accident was Lt. Robert L. Jungles, 31, of Saginaw, Mich.

He is survived by his wife; Mrs. June Reamy Jungklas, and a seven-month-old son, Robert L. Jungklas, Jr. of Saunderstown, R.I., his mother, Mrs. W. F. Jungklas of Saginaw, Mich., and a sister, Mrs. W. J. Fear of Parma, O.

He was born on June 14, 1919 at Saginaw, attended Bay City Junior college and the University of Michigan prior to his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1939.

Lt Jungklas was attached to Fighter Squadron 74, which is based at Quonset.

As a formation of 16 planes broke up preparatory to landing, another plane sheared off the tail assembly of Jungklas' F4U Corsair. His plane crashed between two hangars at the side of the field's landing strip and he was thrown clear and killed instantly.

A memorial service was held at the Naval Academy on August 18, 1950.

Unable to find a burial location or memorial marker, though the headstone application on his behalf indicated he was to be buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Saginaw, MI.

Wartime Service

The pictures below are all courtesy of Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. Much of Bob's wartime service was aboard USS North Carolina (BB 55); he reported aboard on September 2, 1942 and detached as a Lt(jg) on May 4, 1944.

One of the other men pictured, Harry Lee Arnest, passed away in 2009.

Entry Note

Many thanks to Mary Ames Booker, curator, Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, for her work on this page. She provided the pictures above, as well as locating the headstone application and article on Bob's loss.


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