Ernest J. Knoche collection on the SS Eleazar Wheelock and SS Dartmouth Victory, 1964 - 1967Manuscript MS-1268


Ernest J. Knoche was a native of Brooklyn, New York. He attended Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and received his ensign's commission at Pensacola Naval Air Station in 1941. During World War II, Knoche was a naval aviator with the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. After completing a two-year course at General Line School in Monterey, California from 1946-1948, he became project officer for "Skyhook," a high-altitude balloon research project of the Office of Naval Research in Washington. In 1951, Knoche received a BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering. His many postings include navigator on the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge and congressional liaison officer for the Executive Office of the Secretary of the Navy. In 1965, Knoche assumed command of the U.S. Naval ROTC unit at Dartmouth College.

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