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Robert Gonano, Jr. '53

Date of birth: August 23, 1930

Date of death: August 17, 1955

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


Robert was lost when his P33 jet trainer crashed near Victoria, Texas, on August 17, 1955. The other pilot was also lost.

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

In November 13, 1948, Robert was a member of the Greenbrier Military School’s “Boot and Spur Club” which was in charge of the Homecoming Dance. In April as Cadet Major, he led the battalion at its retreat parade on the grounds of the Greenbrier Hotel in Lewisburg. At the May 30, 1949, commencement, he won the officers’ medal.

Robert’s brother Sgt. 1C Donald H. Gonano, age 19, was killed in action near Kochang, Korea, on July 29, 1950. His funeral was held in Bluefield, W. V., on April 26, 1955. Their sister was Margaret Ann, and brother was Edward C.

He was survived by his wife, Janet, and their four-month-old son; he is buried in West Virginia.

Class of 1953

Robert is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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