WENDELL G. SWITZER, JR., LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Wendell Switzer, Jr. '53

Date of birth: April 11, 1930

Date of death: September 1, 1955

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Find A Grave:

Ensign W. G, Switzer, USN, a designated Naval Aviator, graduated U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1953. Died in the crash of his AD Skyraider aircraft near Norfolk, VA. Was a member of Attack Squadron (VA) Forty-Two and was unmarried.

He was survived by his parents, his sister, and an older brother. The older brother, John Switzer '47, was later killed in a A4D accident at NAS Patuxent River in 1959. His father was a 1921 graduate who commanded two aircraft carriers in World War II and retired a Vice Admiral. His mother was the first woman named to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Board, in 1992.

Wendell is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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His older brother, John Switzer '47, was also lost in a Naval Aviation accident.


Class of 1953

Wendell is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 in Memorial Hall.