From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Helding '48

Date of birth: March 15, 1924

Date of death: February 18, 1952

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1948 Lucky Bag:


From McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette (Texas) on February 20, 1952:

The Corpus Christi air station has identified the six Navy airmen who were killed when two training planes collided in mid-air near Rockport, Tex. Victims were listed as Ensign Mahlon Devere Busha, Jr.. of Sherwood. Ore.; Lieut. Cmdr. M alter Thomas Fitzpatrick. Jr.. Texarkana, Lieut. (JG) Frederick Eugene Arthur of Redwood. Calif., Ensign Neil August Armstrong II of Chalmette, La., First Lieut. Robert Wendell Helding, Marine Corps, Janesville, Wis., and Lt. (JG) Frederick Jeffrie Blodgett of St. Paul, Minn.

The crash was on February 18, 1952.

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Frederick Blodgett '49 was also lost in this crash.

Class of 1948

Robert is one of 48 members of the Class of 1948 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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