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== Loss ==
== Loss ==
From the [https://www.newspapers.com/image/117920975/?terms=sheldon%20norris&match=1 Arizona Republic] on March 29, 1974:
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Norris was reportedly on a routine training mission over Yuma Proving Ground when his TA4, two-place training jet crashed and burned 25 miles northeast of Yuma, Marine Corps Air Station officials reported here.
The plane went down in an unpopulated desert area on the proving ground between the Colorado River and U.S. 95. There was no information available by late Thursday as to why the plane crashed or if the pilot attempted to eject.
The pilot was with Training Command Unit VT-24, a U.S. Navy squadron deployed here since March 25 from the Naval Air Station at Chase Field, Beeville, Tex.
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== Shipmate ==
== Shipmate ==
From the September 1974 issue of ''Shipmate'':
From the September 1974 issue of ''Shipmate'':

Revision as of 19:12, 5 November 2020

Sheldon Norris '72

Date of birth: March 8, 1950

Date of death: March 27, 1974

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1972 Lucky Bag:

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SHELDON JAY NORRIS

North Massapequa, New York

A true hulk of a man, Shelly, as he came to be known, made his appearance on the first day of Plebe summer, long hair. Long Island accent and all. For the rest of the summer he was almost a phantom, known only to those who ran some of the innumerable hours of E.D. he accumulated with him. After Plebe year participation in football and lacrosse Shelly became a permanent fixture in the weight room. All his work paid off and he managed 4.00's on several A.S. and mile run tests while fighting a constant battle with the Academic Dept. to keep his head above water. Despite changing his major from Aero to Political Science, he still hopes to fly (maybe in Marine green, rather than Navy blue) wherever he goes. Shelly's cheerfulness, sincerely and loyalty are sure to leave an impression as big as the man himself.

1972 Norris LB.jpg

SHELDON JAY NORRIS

North Massapequa, New York

A true hulk of a man, Shelly, as he came to be known, made his appearance on the first day of Plebe summer, long hair. Long Island accent and all. For the rest of the summer he was almost a phantom, known only to those who ran some of the innumerable hours of E.D. he accumulated with him. After Plebe year participation in football and lacrosse Shelly became a permanent fixture in the weight room. All his work paid off and he managed 4.00's on several A.S. and mile run tests while fighting a constant battle with the Academic Dept. to keep his head above water. Despite changing his major from Aero to Political Science, he still hopes to fly (maybe in Marine green, rather than Navy blue) wherever he goes. Shelly's cheerfulness, sincerely and loyalty are sure to leave an impression as big as the man himself.

Loss

From the Arizona Republic on March 29, 1974:

Norris was reportedly on a routine training mission over Yuma Proving Ground when his TA4, two-place training jet crashed and burned 25 miles northeast of Yuma, Marine Corps Air Station officials reported here.

The plane went down in an unpopulated desert area on the proving ground between the Colorado River and U.S. 95. There was no information available by late Thursday as to why the plane crashed or if the pilot attempted to eject.

The pilot was with Training Command Unit VT-24, a U.S. Navy squadron deployed here since March 25 from the Naval Air Station at Chase Field, Beeville, Tex.

Shipmate

From the September 1974 issue of Shipmate:

2nd Lt. Sheldon Jay Norris, USMC, died on 27 March when his TA-4J Skyhawk jet crashed during a training mission near Yuma, Ariz. Interment was in the National Cemetery in Farmingdale, L.I., N.Y.

A native of New York, Lt. Norris graduated from Plainedge High School in North Massapequa. While a Midshipman, he was active in football, lacrosse, and the flying club. Upon graduation with a B.S. degree in political science, Lt. Norris was commissioned in the Marine Corps and assigned to The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia and subsequently to flight training at Pensacola, Fla. He was transferred to Training Squadron 24 at Beeville, Tex., in July, 1973 and was attached to that command at the time of his death.

Lt. Norris holds the National Defense Service Medal and has been posthumously designated a Naval Aviator. He has also been awarded the Marine Corps expert rifle and pistol badges.

Lt. Norris is survived by his widow, Suzanne, 10 Lincoln St., Farmingdale, NY 11733.

The crash occurred approximately 30 miles SE of Yuma; Sheldon is buried in New York.


Class of 1972

Sheldon is one of 13 members of the Class of 1972 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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