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|LBText=Andy — better known as "Drew" came to us at Mother B from his mothers loving arms at the tender age of seventeen. With a background of high school athletics (3 sport letterman), ASB President, and outstanding academics, Drew was not about to let his age bother him.
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His quick wit and tremendous personality made him one of the best liked and respected members of his class. When elected class Vice-President youngster year, Andy did much to help both his classmates and school.
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Yet Andy's biggest struggle was not on the varsity football field or any other normal activity. His toughest battle was an hourly struggle with the pad monster, one which he was forever losing.
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With his many outstanding qualities and great leadership potential, Andy is certain to have a very promising career with the Navy.}}


== Life & Loss ==
== Loss ==
Unable to find any information about Andrew's life or loss. He [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=RASMUSSEN&GSfn=ANDREW&GSmn=A.&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=121745457&df=all& is buried in] Arlington National Cemetery.
Andrew was lost on March 16, 1985 when the F/A-18 he was piloting crashed into a shallow lake in Nevada. He was engaged in a practice strike, flying from Fallon NAS, Nevada, in an aircraft that was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125.


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== Other Information ==
From researcher Kathy Franz:
<blockquote>
The final decision about his death was that Andrew became disoriented seconds before he crashed -- attributed to losing “situational awareness” while on a practice bombing run. In civilian life, he was an insurance agent
 
His parents were Mrs. and Mrs. Eric Rasmussen. He graduated from Fresno High School in 1964. He was sophomore class president, junior class president, student body president, and belonged to the Senate. He was a delegate to California Boys State for the American Legion and was a member of the varsity football, basketball and swimming teams. Along with 11 others, he was awarded membership in Service “F” for outstanding participation and citizenship in school activities. As a sophomore, he was an officer in the Latin Club. His father taught U.S. History at the high school. He was honored as an outstanding youth by the California Junior Chamber of Commerce at a dinner on June 30 and won a $350 scholarship award.
 
At the Naval Academy, he also was in the Foreign Relations Club, the Russian Club, and on the Honor Committee.
 
In August 1970, he completed the basic jet training course at Forest Sherman Field at Pensacola which included four arrested carrier landings and four catapult take-offs from the deck of the carrier Lexington.
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He [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/121745457 is buried in] Arlington National Cemetery.
 
==Obituary==
From the June 1985 issue of ''Shipmate'':
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Cdr. Andrew A. Rasmussen USNR died in a military plane crash at Fallon Air Force Base, Nevada, on 16 March 1985. He was on active duty for training at the time.
 
Born in Canton, Illinois, he was appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of California and graduated with the Class of 1968.
 
He won his wings as a Naval Aviator in 1970 and flew F-9's with VT-25 at Chase Field, Texas. Later, he flew F-4's with VF-92 from the carrier Constellation and also at NAS Miramar, Calf. His final tour on active duty was with VC-7, also at Miramar, flying A-4's.
 
Leaving active duty in December 1976 as a lieutenant, he flew 727's for American Airlines our of New York City. He was a member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association.
 
Commander Rasmussen lived in Colorado with his wife and step-children; the address is: P.O. Box 1118, Evergreen, Colo. 80439. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Anne Rasmussen of California.
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== Photographs ==
All three photographs are from his high school yearbook.
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== Memorial Hall Error ==
Andrew was a member of the Navy Reserve at the time of his loss; Memorial Hall has USN.
 
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Latest revision as of 13:06, 13 November 2020

Andrew Rasmussen '68

Date of birth: September 14, 1946

Date of death: March 16, 1985

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1968 Lucky Bag:

1968 Rasmussen LB.jpg

ANDREW ANTHONY RASMUSSEN

Andy — better known as "Drew" came to us at Mother B from his mothers loving arms at the tender age of seventeen. With a background of high school athletics (3 sport letterman), ASB President, and outstanding academics, Drew was not about to let his age bother him.

His quick wit and tremendous personality made him one of the best liked and respected members of his class. When elected class Vice-President youngster year, Andy did much to help both his classmates and school.

Yet Andy's biggest struggle was not on the varsity football field or any other normal activity. His toughest battle was an hourly struggle with the pad monster, one which he was forever losing.

With his many outstanding qualities and great leadership potential, Andy is certain to have a very promising career with the Navy.

1968 Rasmussen LB.jpg

ANDREW ANTHONY RASMUSSEN

Andy — better known as "Drew" came to us at Mother B from his mothers loving arms at the tender age of seventeen. With a background of high school athletics (3 sport letterman), ASB President, and outstanding academics, Drew was not about to let his age bother him.

His quick wit and tremendous personality made him one of the best liked and respected members of his class. When elected class Vice-President youngster year, Andy did much to help both his classmates and school.

Yet Andy's biggest struggle was not on the varsity football field or any other normal activity. His toughest battle was an hourly struggle with the pad monster, one which he was forever losing.

With his many outstanding qualities and great leadership potential, Andy is certain to have a very promising career with the Navy.

Loss

Andrew was lost on March 16, 1985 when the F/A-18 he was piloting crashed into a shallow lake in Nevada. He was engaged in a practice strike, flying from Fallon NAS, Nevada, in an aircraft that was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125.

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

The final decision about his death was that Andrew became disoriented seconds before he crashed -- attributed to losing “situational awareness” while on a practice bombing run. In civilian life, he was an insurance agent

His parents were Mrs. and Mrs. Eric Rasmussen. He graduated from Fresno High School in 1964. He was sophomore class president, junior class president, student body president, and belonged to the Senate. He was a delegate to California Boys State for the American Legion and was a member of the varsity football, basketball and swimming teams. Along with 11 others, he was awarded membership in Service “F” for outstanding participation and citizenship in school activities. As a sophomore, he was an officer in the Latin Club. His father taught U.S. History at the high school. He was honored as an outstanding youth by the California Junior Chamber of Commerce at a dinner on June 30 and won a $350 scholarship award.

At the Naval Academy, he also was in the Foreign Relations Club, the Russian Club, and on the Honor Committee.

In August 1970, he completed the basic jet training course at Forest Sherman Field at Pensacola which included four arrested carrier landings and four catapult take-offs from the deck of the carrier Lexington.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Obituary

From the June 1985 issue of Shipmate:

Cdr. Andrew A. Rasmussen USNR died in a military plane crash at Fallon Air Force Base, Nevada, on 16 March 1985. He was on active duty for training at the time.

Born in Canton, Illinois, he was appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of California and graduated with the Class of 1968.

He won his wings as a Naval Aviator in 1970 and flew F-9's with VT-25 at Chase Field, Texas. Later, he flew F-4's with VF-92 from the carrier Constellation and also at NAS Miramar, Calf. His final tour on active duty was with VC-7, also at Miramar, flying A-4's.

Leaving active duty in December 1976 as a lieutenant, he flew 727's for American Airlines our of New York City. He was a member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association.

Commander Rasmussen lived in Colorado with his wife and step-children; the address is: P.O. Box 1118, Evergreen, Colo. 80439. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Anne Rasmussen of California.

Photographs

All three photographs are from his high school yearbook.

Memorial Hall Error

Andrew was a member of the Navy Reserve at the time of his loss; Memorial Hall has USN.


Class of 1968

Andrew is one of 29 members of the Class of 1968 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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