From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harold Goranson '40

Date of birth: September 13, 1916

Date of death: January 18, 1960

Age: 43

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Wendell was a passenger aboard Capital Airlines Flight 20, which crashed on January 18, 1960 while enroute from Washington, D.C. to Norfolk, Virginia.

He is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery.

He was survived by his brother, who filed a suit on his behalf alleging wrongful death.

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Wendell Thompson ’41 was also lost in this crash. They were both the final names added to their respective class' panels in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1940

Harold is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 on Virtual Memorial Hall.