LTJG Roger Weston Tillson, Jr

LTJG Roger Weston Tillson, Jr

Hyannis, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 26 Aug 1954 (aged 26)
Sonoma County, California, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 6, Site 8515-B
Memorial ID 14910119 · View Source
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He graduated 1951 from the US Naval Acdemy in Annapolis, MD. He was stationed on the USS Macon as a midshipman. In 1954 he was aboard the USS Oriskany CVA-34. Roger married Joy M. Chessman Jan. 11, 1952 in Columbiana, OH.

LTJG. Tillson was killed in an aircraft accident on 26 AUG 1954 while flying an AD-6 Skyraider aircraft (BUNO 135264) near Mt. St. Helena, California. He was assigned to Attack Squadron 195 (VA-195), based at Naval Air Station Moffett Field, and he was on a long range low level navigation training mission with Lt. Cmdr. Hubert L. Worrell from the same squadron. Lt. Cmdr. Worrell was also flying an AD-6 Skyraider aircraft (BUNO 135254). Both men were killed instantly and their aircraft were destroyed when they crashed into rising terrain that was obscured by overcast. It took a few days to locate the crash scene and to recover the bodies. (Thanks to Find A Grave contributor Ian E. Abbott (#48124623) for much of this information.) The remains of the planes are still on that mountain. They had been on a radio silence since take-off and that hampered the locating of the downed planes. Many Civilian Air Patrol pilots aided in the search.

In 2017 his sister Priscilla said that she never stopped missing her kid brother. She said he was a great brother and that everyone loved him. He left a huge whole in the heart of his parents.

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Gravesite Details He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1951.
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LTJG Roger Weston Tillson, Jr (24 Apr 1928–26 Aug 1954), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14910119, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Sarah D (contributor 48106166) .