GALEN E. GILBERT, LTJG, USN

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Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: July 20, 1966

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

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From the 1964 Lucky Bag:

GALEN EVERETT GILBERT - Galen

23rd Company

Galen graduated from Tahlequah High School in '60 and in July of that year, abandoned the Ozark hills of which he was very fond and took up his residency at the Naval Academy. While at USNA, Gil spent more of his time counting the days until leave, than anyone else. The most remarkable thing about this "Sooner" was the fine grades he obtained with a minimum of study time. His quiet, easy-going personality could be found in whatever he did, from academics to athletics. Galen gave much of his time and talent to the Methodist Church in Annapolis. In the field of athletics, he spent many hours on the squash courts, improving an already superior game. Most certainly, whatever field of endeavor Galen follows in the future will be crowned with success.

Loss

From The Maryville Daily Forum:

A Navy flier whose jet plane crashed at sea 20 miles off the Southern California coast was officially listed as lost at sea in the line of duty, the Navy reported. An F8-U Crusader jet piloted by Lt. (j. g.) Galen E. Gilbert, 23, Neosho, Mo., crashed into the ocean Wednesday night as Gilbert was practicing instrument approaches to the carrier Ticonderoga, officials said. The Navy ended the search Friday after finding no trace of Giibert or his plane.

Galen was lost on July 20, 1966.

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