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Norman Sassi '54

Date of birth: December 12, 1931

Date of death: July 23, 1959

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1954 Lucky Bag:


Norm was lost when his AD-5W Skyraider crashed on July 23, 1959 off the cost of Virginia. (Information from Class of 1954 via email on June 8, 2017.) He has a memory marker in Vermont with the inscription "lost at sea."

From VAW 12 Newsletter:

LT Norman Martin Sassi Engine failure or fully deflected rudder jam on cat shot USS Valley Forge 1959. Did his plane make a sharp right turn and stall in? A Norman Michael Sassi, age about 40-45 according to his secretary, who I reached by phone, used to receive our newsletter at Bracken Rd in Montgomery, NY 12549 He is perhaps a nephew or cousin? Norm’s kids were Patricia Jayne b. 10/19/55 & twins Andrea Lynn & Michael Alexander b. 6/29/57. His widow was Beverly. There was no posthumous son. (LTJG Martin Kennedy & AE2 C. A. Batchelor died too.)

LT Norman M. Sassi was a greatly respected pilot. I never heard any criticism of his ability…

Class of 1954

Norman is one of 37 members of the Class of 1954 on Virtual Memorial Hall.