From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Hotz, Jr. '50

Date of birth: March 26, 1926

Date of death: May 5, 1953

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1950 Lucky Bag:


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.

Other Information

From Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas):

SHERMAN W -Lt. Edward Hotz, decorated for 13 months of flying F80 Shooting Stars in Korea, was killed in the crash of an F86B Sabrejet during a takeoff from Perrin Air Force Base today.

Hotz had been an instructor since January, He was in Korea from November, 1951, until December, 1952, and was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross medal.

A native of Belleville, Ill., Hotz was a resident of Sherman, where he met and married Barbara Jean Hotz. Their son Edward III is one year old.

Edward had returned the previous November to Perrin Air base, where he was an instructor since January. He flew 118 missions in Korea, where he served for over a year.

He is buried in Illinois.

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James Bowers '50, Hamilton McDowell, Jr. '50, Wilbur Spradling, Jr. '50, James Wills, Jr. '50, Cedric Peterson, Jr. '50, Lorenzo Daleo '50, George Duncan, Jr. '50, and Christopher Braybrooke '50 were also graduated from pilot training class 51-E, Williams AFB, Arizona, on August 4, 1951. (Sixty-seven Naval Academy graduates completed this class.)

Class of 1950

Edward is one of 37 members of the Class of 1950 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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