From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Whaling '52

Date of birth: February 17, 1930

Date of death: April 15, 1961

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1952 Lucky Bag:


From Independent Press-Telegram of Long Beach, California, on April 16, 1961:

Two El Toro Marine Corps aviators were killed Saturday when their F9F8T Cougar jet crashed in a swamp while making a landing approach at the Pensacola, Fla., Naval Air Station. The two were identified as Capts. Robert W. Whaling, 31, assistant safety officer for headquarters and headquarters squadron at El Toro, and James J. Brennan, 30, executive officer of the squadron. Capt, Whaling, who lived at 706 N. Sherry Lane, Santa Ana, is survived by his wife, Carolyn and two children.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

His wife's maiden name was Karcher; his father was a Brigadier General in the Marines.


The other pilot aboard is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery:

Captains James J. Brennan and Robert W. Whaling of H&HS-3 were killed in the line of duty when there F9F-8T Cougar jet crashed near Pensacola, FL. The two pilots were on a routine cross-country training flight to Pensacola when they crashed about two miles from Sherman Field. Captain Brennan was the Executive Officer of H&HS-3 and is survived by his wife and three children. Originally from New York, Capt Brennan was awarded the Silver Star as a corporal and squad leader during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in Nov/Dec 1950.

Class of 1952

Robert is one of 50 members of the Class of 1952 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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