From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Vessely '72

Date of birth: October 6, 1950

Date of death: August 31, 1983

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1972 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Test pilot, Lt. Commander Vessely, was killed during the Navy's Caribbean maneuvers (READEX-2-83) when his Vought A-7E Corsair II collided with another during a landing approach at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station in Puerto Rico. (The other pilot survived.)

Spouse = Patricia Ann Calkins

Parents = John Rudolph Vessely and Betty Aileve Capouch Prochaska.

The crash occurred on September 2, 1983.

From the January/February 1984 issue of Shipmate:

LCdr. Robert Paul Vessely USN was killed in a mid-air collision at the Naval Air Station, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, on 31 August 1983. A memorial service was held in Puerto Rico and another at Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida, where he was attached to VA-82, prior to a Mass of Christian Burial being celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery where interment took place.

Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of Indiana, he was active in the sky-diving and scuba clubs as a midshipman. Graduated with honors in mathematics in the Class of 1972, he entered flight training and was designated naval aviator, joining VC-10 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to fly F-8s. In 1976 he transitioned to the A7-E and served with VA-86 on board NIMITZ. Later he was selected for test pilot school at Patuxent River, Maryland, and was given the distinguished student award and remained at the school as an instructor until January 1983.

He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Florida Technological Institute in 1982, and he was a member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association.

He is survived by his widow Patricia, 2193 Glencoe Drive, Orange Park FL 32073; a daughter, Ryan Elizabeth, and a son, Cole Robert, born 17 October 1983; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Vessely of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; and a brother and sister.

Class of 1972

Robert is one of 13 members of the Class of 1972 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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