From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Stevenson, III '86

Date of birth: November 10, 1963

Date of death: September 9, 1992

Age: 28

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From Command History of VFA 25 for 1992:

9 Sep Robert W. Stevenson, III passes away during a night Close Air Support training mission. He is survived by his wife Lee Ann, and sons Robert, John, and William.

He is interred in the Naval Academy Cemetery.


From the January/February 1993 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Robert W "Tank" Stevenson, III, died 9 September 1992 while flying a mission during exercises with the U. S. Army near Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. A memorial service was held at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., on 14 September in his squadron's hangar. Colleagues in another squadron flew a flawless "missing man" formation in Lt. Stevenson's honor.

Born in Gurdon, Ark., Lt. Stevenson grew up in Memphis, Tenn. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1986, eaming a B.S. in physical science. He began flight training in Pensacola and completed jet training in January 1989 in Meridian, Miss., earning his Naval Aviator designation.

He then received orders to fly the FA-I8 Hornet at NAS Lemoore. After one year with the FISTS, he earned the Navy Achievement Medal for his superior performance as the Administration Officer. His abilities as a Naval Aviator led to his selection as one of the squadron's first Night Vision Goggle (NVG) pilots, Senior Squadron Landing Signal Officer (LSO) and Training Officer.

When he was killed, Lt. Stevenson was flying an FA-18 Hornet in a NVG Close Air Support mission with Army ground forces approximately 100 miles northwest of Nellis Air Force Base. Following several bombing runs, his jet crashed into the terrain.

Lt. Stevenson is survived by his wife, who has returned to her hometown of Bowie and lives at 12716 Brunswick Lane, 20715; two sons, Bobby and John; his parents, Robert and Anice Stevenson; and three brothers, Thomas, Clark and Jon Stevenson. Gifts in Lt. Stevenson's memory may be made to the Robert Stevenson's Children Scholarship Fund at the Bank of the West, 230 W 7th Street, Hanford, Calif. 93230.

Class of 1986

Robert is one of 8 members of the Class of 1986 on Virtual Memorial Hall.