Deaths Elsewhere

August 13, 2005

Roy M. Voris,

86, a World War II ace and the first flight leader of the Blue Angels, died at his home in Monterey, Calif., on Wednesday, the precision flying team said.

Captain Voris was selected by Adm. Chester Nimitz in 1946 to organize the Blue Angels, now based at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. The team made its first public appearance June 15 that year at Craig Field in Jacksonville.

Officially, the Blue Angels were created to boost Navy morale, recruiting and public relations, Captain Voris said in an interview with the Associated Press in 1996, when the team celebrated its 50th anniversary.

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