In Memory of
U.S. Naval Lieutenant Lead, South Dakota
Lawrence County

September 24, 1925–September 28, 1951
Died in the Crash of a Navy Corsair near Fallon, Nevada

    

Robert “Bob” George Manseau was born on September 24, 1925, to Armand and Catherine Manseau, in Lead, South Dakota. He had a brother, Edward, and a sister. Robert grew up and went to school in Lead, graduating from high school in 1943. His father died in 1942. He first entered the service at the end of WW II. Then Robert went to school at Annapolis Naval Academy in Maryland, from where he graduated. He was then transferred to the Naval Air Corps and entered active service again on June 3, 1949. Manseau went on for more training at Pensacola Flying School in 1950, followed by advanced training at Corpus Christi, Texas.

Lt. Robert Manseau earned his wings and commission as an officer on March 7, 1951, at Corpus Christi. Manseau then went to Hawaii where he “completed a course in night flying,” according to a newspaper article. Lt. Manseau was later stationed with the 193rd Fighter Squadron at Alameda, California. He was expecting to start training as a jet pilot.

On September 28, 1951, Lieutenant Robert George Manseau died in the crash of his Navy Corsair at the gunnery range about 20 miles from Fallon, Nevada. His body was returned to Newcastle, Wyoming, and then was escorted back to Lead for funeral services. He was buried with military honors at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Michaela K. Fuerstenau, 8th Grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, July 29, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a South Dakota veteran’s bonus, and the Lead Daily Call, September 30, 1951, October 4, 1951, issues. Memorial stone photo by Mrs. Hansen. No family contact made.