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Michael A. Van Ort
Birth: Sep. 7, 1939
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 1965
Fort Morgan
Baldwin County
Alabama, USA

Chicago Tribune (IL) - December 10, 1965

Van Ort

Lt. Michael A. Van Ort, United States navy, loving son of Earl and Madge, nee Van Arkle; dearest brother of Earlene [Donald] Lohse, Patrick, and Melissa; fond grandson of Florence Van Ort. Resting at Frank M. Foran Funeral Home, 7300 W. Archer avenue, Summit [55th steert just west of Harlem], after 8 p.m. Saturday. Funeral Monday, 9:15 a.m., to St. James church, Sag Bridge. Interment Arlington National cemetery, Washington, D. C. No flowers please. Your prayers and masses will be appreciated.


Chicago Tribune (IL) - December 09, 1965


Jet Plunges Into Gulf on Routine Flight

Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 8 (AP)-- One of the navy's Blue Angel jets crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the Alabama coast today, killing the pilot.

A spokesman at the Pensacola Naval Air station said the cause of the crash was not known. The plane was described as a Grumman F-11A Tiger jet.

No Parachute Seen

The pilot was identified as Lt. Michael A. Van Ort, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Van Ort, 6510 Charlton av., Willow Springs, Ill.

A fishing camp operator at Fort Morgan, at the mouth of Mobile bay, said the plane did not burn but suddenly plunged into the water. No parachute was seen.

The naval air station said the Blue Angels, which have thrilled hundreds of thousands of persons at air shows thruout the country, were on a routine practice mission.

A spokesman said the plane went down about 30 miles southwest of Pensacola.

A fishing boat radioed that it went to the scene and found only scattered debris and oil slick.


Lt. Van Ort attended Willow Springs Elementary school and was graduated from Argo High school. After attending Western Michigan university for three years he entered flight training school at Pensacola, Fla., in 1960.

He joined the famed Blue Angels unit Oct. 1 after tours of duty on a carrier in the Mediterranean.

Services were being arranged for the flyer at the Foran funeral home, 7306 Archer av., Summit. Burial will be in Arlington National cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Erlene Lohse and Melissa; and a brother, Patrick. 
Note: US NAVY, Date interred: 12/14/1965
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 37, Grave: 1014
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Record added: Aug 16, 2010
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