STEPHEN A. SKOMSKY, LTJG, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: 1925
Date of death: November 10, 1952
Age: ~27

Lucky Bag

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From the 1949 Lucky Bag:

Stephen A. Skomsky

BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK

Though known for his penchant for heated argument, "S. A." was a likeable sort of guy, and his occasional outbursts were really the results of exasperation, not orders from the Kremlin. The "Skomper," was a natural for heavy work on the plebe and JV football teams, where he won awards, but his attentions were turned in another direction when Dick Johnson, one of the swellest boys to ever breathe USNA air, introduced him to Dotty, with whom Steve plans to face the music come June of '49. In returning from Youngster Christmas, "Good Steve" became just plain "Big Steve," when his spotless record was marred—had he had one of his beloved planes, he might have made it back on time. With fifteen months in enlisted Naval Aviation behind him, "S. A." plans to go after those wings of gold.

Loss

From Honor States:

… Lieutenant Junior Grade Skomsky was a pilot of a Hellcat fighter based at the Naval Air Station Boca Chica, Florida. On November 10, 1952, he was flying over the Strait of Florda in the Atlantic Ocean, when his aircraft disappeared.

Early Career

In The Sunday Press of Binghamton, NY, on December 16, 1951, there is an article on Stephen finishing carrier qualifications and transferring to Corpus Christi to finish "advanced training." It mentions he served aboard USS Union (AKA 106) before beginning pilot training.


Class Navigation

Class of 1949
Stephen is one of 40 members of the Class of 1949 in Memorial Hall.
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