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Date of birth: March 26, 1926

Date of death: May 5, 1953

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

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From the 1950 Lucky Bag:


East St. Louis, Illinois

V-5, V-12, and N.R.O.T.C. helped prepare Ed for the Naval Academy where he easily built a reputation as the most regulation man in the Brigade. Many a Plebe was saved the trouble of coming around to an upperclassman's room by Ed's knowledge of anything from the number of links in a YP's anchor chain to Stalin's personal valet. He was active in athletics during his Naval Academy days, being a member of both the Varsity Track and Wrestling Teams. Ed realized his childhood ambition in graduating from the Naval Academy.


Ed was lost when his F-86 crashed near Perrin AFB, Texas on May 5, 1953. He was survived by his parents, wife Barbara, and 7-month-old son Edward C. Hotz, III.

He flew 118 missions in Korea, where he served for over a year. Ed is buried in Illinois.

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