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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: November 23, 1927
Date of death: March 30, 1953
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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From the 1952 Lucky Bag:

Ronald Roy Swanson

Lake Bronson, Minnesota

"Swanee," originally from the north woods of Minnesota, came to us from the Navy. He was always willing to hoist a couple of cool ones with a buddy while talking over old Navy lore. "Swanee" said that his greatest compliment came when a first class boatswain mate called him the biggest gold bricker in the Navy. Academics presented him no problem, and he didn't over-load his mind with studying. After classes, we found him down at the America Dock acting as ballast for one of the dinghy captains. He was looking forward to a career in the Air Corps, but his greatest aspiration was to have six months leave, twice a year.


Ronald was lost in an aircraft accident near Pensacola, Florida, on March 30, 1953. He is buried in Minnesota.

Class Navigation

Class of 1952
Ronald is one of 48 members of the Class of 1952 in Memorial Hall.
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