|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1939|
|Death: ||Jan. 10, 1963|
Kodiak Island Borough
Merlin Haas, 6 Others Die Near Kodiak
Merlin J. Haas, a 23-year-old Navy aviation electronics technician from Sheboygan, was one of seven men killed in the crash of a P-2V Navy plane on Old Woman Mountain near Kodiak, Alaska.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Haas of 517 Fairview Dr.
Mr. Haas told The Press today that he was notified at mid-morning that the bodies of his son and seven other men had been recovered.
The Navy Department had advised him by telegram Friday afternoon that his son had been missing since the plane crash Thursday night.
Five Other Survive
Five others -- all critically injured – escaped when they were thrown from the tall section of the plane before the fuselage was enveloped by fire.
According to Adm. Fred Bakutis, commander of the Seventh Naval District at Kodliak, the plane smashed against the mountainside about a mile northwest of the Kodliak Airport when the pilot attempted to gain altitude after the plane skidded on the rain slick runway.
Mr. Haas said here today that his son's squadron left its home base at Oak Harbor, Wash., on Wednesday, enroute to Kodiak to begin a four-month tour of duty in Alaska.
The Navy man's wife the former Teresa Saliciano of Hawaii and their seven-month old son, Richard, are residents of Oak Harbor, Wash.
Here In December
Merlin, his wife and infant son visited in Sheboygan during the first week of last month.
Merlin currently was serving his second three-year enlistment in the Navy
He was born in Sheboygan Sept. 29, 1939, attended Immanuel Lutheran School, and was graduated from Central High School annual of that year prophesied under his graduation picture, "Many Rivers to Cross."
He was a former Sheboygan Press carrier boy and had been employed part-time by the Sheboygan Greenhouses. His father is employed by Verifine Dairy Co.
In addition to his parents, wife and infant son, he is survived by one brother, David Haas, a resident of Neenah and employed by the Marathon Paper Co. there.
Mr. Haas said today he would have to wait further word from the Navy before funeral arrangements could be made.
Sheboygan Press, Saturday, Jan 12, 1963
Alfred Robert Haas (1910 - 1967)
Theresa Hunt (1936 - 2011)*
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Plot: Section V, Site 1084
Maintained by: Diane F
Originally Created by: Lee C
Record added: Jan 14, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103598150