THOMAS E. JENIKE, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Jenike '50

Date of birth: October 28, 1925

Date of death: August 1, 1952

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1950 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From USNA 1950:

Tom joined the Navy via the V-12 program at Case Institute of Applied Science, followed by Radar School in Biloxi, MS. He won his wings in 1952 and was assigned to USS Roosevelt. While flying, he experienced engine failure. He reported a "cut gun" and started his glide followed by two squadron mates. Tom elected to ditch on the beach of tiny Navassa Island in the Caribbean. As his AD skidded to a stop, the plane burned.

The date of the crash was August 1, 1952. Unable to find record of a memory marker or burial location.

He was survived by his wife, Mary Lou, and daughter, Ann. (Information from December 1952 issue of SHIPMATE.)

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Class of 1950

Thomas is one of 36 members of the Class of 1950 in Memorial Hall.