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Donald Levisee '51

Date of birth: July 18, 1929

Date of death: December 16, 1953

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:


Don was lost when his aircraft crashed on December 16, 1953. He was flying from Miramar NAS.

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Donald was nominated for admission to the Naval Academy by Rep. Richard M. Nixon, R., California. He was nominated because he made the highest mark in a specially conducted civil service examination held March 3, 1947. The examination covered vocabulary, reading comprehension and mathematics.

He had served eight months in Korea, and later completed carrier pilot qualifications on the aircraft carrier USS Monterey in the Gulf of Mexico in June 1953. He then reported for advanced training in multi-engine aircraft at Corpus Christi. He was attached to Fighter Squadron 52 when he crashed in 1953.

On Sunday, July 18, at St. James Episcopal Church, a memorial window, “The Exodus into Egypt,” was dedicated during the service of Morning Prayer. The window was given jointly by Donald’s parents and the St. James Parish in honor of all men and women from the parish who have served in the armed forces of the United States.

In 1940 the family lived in Seattle: father Aaron, a civil engineer for the city’s transportation department, mother Margarente, brother Robert, and sisters Marian and Suzana.

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Class of 1951

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