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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 6, 1926
Date of death: December 21, 1964
Age: 38

Lucky Bag

1951 Meinhold LB.jpg

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:

Robert Louis Meinhold

Brocckport, New York

Hates to write letters but can frequently be found struggling to perfect an epistle . . . perpetually in pursuit of a drag or a deal ... an ex-salt, he is a great teller of sea stories in his own right . . . hours on end when not in the sack ... he is always trying to work off excess avoirdupois but only gains more . . . much to his chagrin . . . finds time for the art of pugilism . . . but finds too much time for the agility course ... as the informal snapshot indicates ... he sweats more "pressing" the heavy weights of academics than in P.T. . . . a firm believer in the future of aviation and already a skilled pilot, he hopes to obtain wings of silver sometime in the near future.


Bob was lost when the Uh-1H helicopter he was aboard crashed near the New York-Connecticut border on December 21, 1964. He was survived by his wife, Janet; a 4-year-old daughter, Lisa; his parents; a brother; and two sisters. It's possible his wife was expecting another child (the OCR is not good on this article.) He is buried in New York.

From the February 1965 issue of SHIPMATE:

Maj. Robert L. Meinhold, USAF, died in a military aircraft accident near Pound Ridge, N. Y. on 21 Dec. He was born 6 July 1926, and was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1951.

He is survived by his widow, Janet, and a daughter Lynn, of 2130 Broadbridge Ave., Stratford, Conn.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Meinhold of Brockport, N . Y ., a brother and two sisters.

From the March 1965 issue of SHIPMATE:

Maj. Robert L. Meinhold, USAF, was killed in a helicopter crash at Pound Ridge, N . Y . on 21 Dec. He had been assigned to the Lycoming division of Avco at Stratford. The crash occurred on a return flight from Stewart Air Force Base.

A native of Brockport, N .Y., he was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1951, then attended the Air Force pilot training school. He served from 1952-57 as a pilot with various fighter-interceptor squadrons of the Air Defense Command. He received a Master's Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado.

Survivors include his wife, Janet; an infant son, Robert L. born on 21 Jan., and a daughter, Lisa; his parents, a brother and two sisters.

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