From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert King '50

Date of birth: March 18, 1928

Date of death: January 25, 1954

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1950 Lucky Bag:


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 in North Africa; he was survived by his wife, Alva, and son, Robert, Jr. (Information from March 1954 issue of Shipmate.) He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

Class of 1950

Robert is one of 36 members of the Class of 1950 on Virtual Memorial Hall.