Leslie G. Monroe (1952/05/19)
A Watsonville newspaper reported, "Leslie Monroe, 22, Former Resident Dies in Air Crash."
Leslie Glenn Monroe was born in Washington State on October 10, 1929, to Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Monroe. At an early age he accompanied his parents to the Pajaro Valley where they settled in the Amesti district near his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Sweet. He and his brothers Gerald and Delbert attended local elementary schools and in 1943 Leslie enrolled in Watsonville High School. After completing his junior year, the Monroe family moved to Medford, Oregon, and in 1947 Leslie graduated from Central Point High School.
Leslie Monroe entered the naval air cadet program in 1951. After completing that program at Pensacola, Florida, in December 1951, he was commissioned an ensign in the US Navy. Following additional training at Corpus Christi, Texas, Ensign Monroe was attached to a Corsair Squadron at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego.
On May 19, 1952, Ensign Leslie Glenn Monroe was on a routine training flight aboard his plane when he was forced to ditch at sea and was killed in the crash. His remains were recovered and returned to Oregon where he was buried in the Eagle Point National Cemetery in Oregon.
(USDVA; WRP May 28, 1952 1:3)