ROBERT T. BIANCHI, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Robert Bianchi '83

Date of birth: March 13, 1961

Date of death: March 23, 1987

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1983 Lucky Bag:

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Robert T. Bianchi

Maplewood, New Jersey

Biancs

Bert, the Italian guy from New Jersey, came here with no teeth and a steel wheel, but ready to play lax just the same. B-foul made it through his early years at the Academy because of his unique brand of military bearing acquired under the wing of J-foul and company. He’d have the chance to return the favor when K-foul (the foulest yet) came to town. Biancs has the uncanny talent of talking his way out of -or into - anything that might come up. It’s a good thing too, because he had to use his talent a lot. The man with the silver tongue could often be found talking his way out of trouble at school and into trouble with girls off campus. Hacksaw Reynolds can take a lot of credit (or blame) for helping Bert along. Biancs really owes you, Bob. All those drunk cruises on the boat and the times he crashed on the living room floor will be good times gratefully remembered. Bobby must have known he was going to be elected lax captain as a senior because he started his three striper libs second semester- sophomore year. This 3 year starter was very quick with his stick, hence the name quickdraw. Laid back off the field, but intense on the field, Bert was a great leader by example. Fortunately the plebes didn't see his room. Felix Unger he ain’t! But the "ice box" could always rely on clean mirrors. (is there a mirror on the visor of an F-14? Is there a visor?) The temperature in Pensacola will probably drop a bit, but I think they're ready for him. We'll miss you, Bert, but the Bianchi dynasty will not die. There's two down and two to go.

1983 Bianchi LB.jpg

Robert T. Bianchi

Maplewood, New Jersey

Biancs

Bert, the Italian guy from New Jersey, came here with no teeth and a steel wheel, but ready to play lax just the same. B-foul made it through his early years at the Academy because of his unique brand of military bearing acquired under the wing of J-foul and company. He’d have the chance to return the favor when K-foul (the foulest yet) came to town. Biancs has the uncanny talent of talking his way out of -or into - anything that might come up. It’s a good thing too, because he had to use his talent a lot. The man with the silver tongue could often be found talking his way out of trouble at school and into trouble with girls off campus. Hacksaw Reynolds can take a lot of credit (or blame) for helping Bert along. Biancs really owes you, Bob. All those drunk cruises on the boat and the times he crashed on the living room floor will be good times gratefully remembered. Bobby must have known he was going to be elected lax captain as a senior because he started his three striper libs second semester- sophomore year. This 3 year starter was very quick with his stick, hence the name quickdraw. Laid back off the field, but intense on the field, Bert was a great leader by example. Fortunately the plebes didn't see his room. Felix Unger he ain’t! But the "ice box" could always rely on clean mirrors. (is there a mirror on the visor of an F-14? Is there a visor?) The temperature in Pensacola will probably drop a bit, but I think they're ready for him. We'll miss you, Bert, but the Bianchi dynasty will not die. There's two down and two to go.

Obituary

From Find A Grave:

Bobby was a graduate of Columbia High School, Maplewood, New Jersey, Class of 1979. He was named to the All State Lacrosse team 1977, 1978 and 1979. He was an All American Lacrosse Player his junior and senior year of high school. He was named to New Jersey's Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997. He was named Lacrosse Player of the Century for New Jersey in 2003 by the Star Ledger.

Bobby was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1983. All American Lacrosse Player and Captain of the Navy Lacrosse Team his first class year. He reported to flight school in January 1984. He graduated, earned his "Wings of Gold", became a Naval Aviator on 31 May 1985 in Pensacola, Florida.

He was assigned to HC-5 in Guam January of 1986. He made flight commander on 30 January 1987. Bobby was assigned to the USNS Mercy 18 March 1987 to aid with it's four month humanitarian mission in the Philippines and South Pacific. On March 23, 1987 the HH-46 Helicopter he was piloting crashed approx. 32 miles north of Subic Bay Naval Air Station on the Bucao River.

He is buried in New Jersey.

Remembrances

An exceptionally heartfelt remembrance, in multiple parts, can be found here: http://outhereinmyworld.blogspot.com/2010/06/part1-meeting-bobby.html

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Brothers James, Robert and Kevin '85 were high-school scholar-athletes who all attended the Naval Academy.

Their father Albert was a retired electrical engineer and business executive, mother Suzanne. Their other son was Richard.

Memorials

The Lt. Robert T. Bianchi Award is awarded to the Most Valuable Player on the Naval Academy lacrosse team.

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Robert's brother, Kevin Bianchi '85, was also killed in a helicopter crash.


Class of 1983

Robert is one of 9 members of the Class of 1983 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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