WARREN J. BLANKE, JR., LTJG, USN
Warren Blanke, Jr. '60
Date of birth: August 27, 1938
Date of death: February 7, 1963
From the 1960 Lucky Bag:
Jay was killed on the afternoon of 7 February when his A-4C crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, while operating off USS Forrestal (CV 59). His death was confirmed when his remains were found at the scene of the crash. Jay is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren J. Blanke, and his sister, Gail, of Lakewood, Ohio. We wish that we could express the great sorrow that we all feel whenever one of our own passes away — Jay, as all the others, will be missed very much. Shipmate, March 1963
From researcher Kathy Franz:
At Culver Military Academy, he was in Company C. Three years of service. Varsity Athletics: Football (Letters III, II, I); Swimming (Letters III, II, Co-Capt. I): Tennis (Letter II). Honor Guard (I); Cadet Club (I); Cordon (IV, III, II), Pres. (I); Drama Club (II, Publicity Manager I); Varsity Club (II, Bd of Governors I); President, I Class; Chairman, Board of Governors, Beason Hall (I). Private (III); Sergeant (II); First Lieutenant & Regimental Adj. (I).
His sister Gail went to his school’s homecoming dance in 1956 and was photographed dancing with Cadet Jim Dunlap.
Jay has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.
Thomas Taylor '60 also wrote for The Log Splinter.