From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Date of birth: January 28, 1944

Date of death: December 3, 1977

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

1967 Andersen LB.jpg

From the 1967 Lucky Bag:


Hal came here from Los Angeles, where he attended UCLA for a year and a half. Academics have been no problem to Hal throughout his four years. Possessing an intelligent mind, common sense, and an extensive background in German, Hal unhesitatingly enrolled in a German major. Being a well-rounded athletic supporter, Hal has participated in many intramural sports; such as company cross country, soccer, football, baseball, and the Brigade champion tennis team during his Youngster year. Hal's ability to do a good job, coupled with his complete dependability will make his career in whatever field he chooses a sure success.


From CVN 69 History:

An A-7E Corsair II, assigned to Attack Squadron (VA) 72, suffered a mechanical malfunction and crashed shortly after launching from catapult No. 4. Lt. Cmdr. Harold Andersen ejected and the ship launched a motor whaleboat, assisted by a Sikorsky SH-3D from HS-11, to recover him. The Sea King crew dropped a swimmer to retrieve the pilot, but Andersen apparently had become entangled in his parachute and drowned.

The crash occurred on December 3, 1977.