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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: March 18, 1928
Date of death: January 25, 1954
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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From the 1950 Lucky Bag:


Norfolk, Virginia

As a very obvious product of Norfolk and the University of Virginia, Kooney will always carry a thick Virginia accent, a love for Norfolk, and a quick answer as his trade marks. His favorite academic subjects were literature, history, and languages. These, of course, were secondary to his really great research in the field of lacrosse, for almost every spare moment was spent bouncing balls off the door and catching them in his butterfly net. If things go as it appears they will, Bob will some day be sailing his own ship back into Hampton Roads, the Navy Yard, and home.


From USNA 1950:

Bob served on the USS Midway, followed by flight training at Pensacola and Corpus Christi. He then joined VA-85 at the Naval Air Station, Oceana, VA, flying AD aircraft. He was lost during night carrier operations off USS Midway on a Mediterranean cruise.

Note that USS Midway's 1954 cruise book does not include an "In Memoriam" page… and it does not appear that Attack Squadron (VA) 85 was aboard for this cruise. Perhaps it was a typo for Attack Squadron (VA) 25, which was aboard? There's no corresponding loss recorded at Million Monkey Theater. VA-85 was stationed at NAS Oceana at the time, however.

His loss was on January 25, 1954; he has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

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