U. S. Naval Academy

Class of 1979


In Memory

Taps/Eternal Father

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Non Grad


LCDR Edward G. Abel, Jr.


Grad 1989: Helicopter mishap off Southern California during workups for a Westpac Deployment.
Roberto E. Acosta   Non Grad Circumstances not known.
Saeed Ahmadi


Grad Killed while serving on an Iranian vessel during the Iran-Iraq war
LTJG Carey A. Arthur


Grad 1981: S-3 aircraft mishap on deployment in the Mediterranean with VS-24
Kenneth W. Beaver 34 Non Grad Circumstances not known
Bradley Robert Becker      
James R. Bland 27 Non Grad Circumstances not known
Maj. Michael F. Bradley 


Grad 1993: Cobra helicopter mishap during training flight in San Diego, MAG-46 Det A
LCDR Matthew G. Brower


Grad 1991: Cancer
LCDR Jack Anthony Bruno 13 Grad 2019:  ALS
ENS John I. Byrnes


Grad 1980: Auto accident en route from flight school to duty station
LtCol Francis C. Coble 14 Grad 2014:
Richard A. Corpuz


Non Grad 1976: Heart attack Plebe year while exercising at the Academy
LT Cristobal Corrales 19 Grad 1980: Lost at sea with all hands during a Caribbean storm while serving with the Honduran Naval Force
ENS Dewayne G. Cousin


Grad 1980: TA-4 aircraft training accident off San Diego before Flight School
CAPT Gerald F. DeConto


Grad 2001: Killed while serving as the Senior Officer on duty in the Navy Command Center during the terrorist attack on the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001
Carlos A. Duran 34 Non Grad Private aircraft accident
Jon Gahan


Grad 2004: Died after a brief illness
LT. Michael E. Gallagher


Grad 1983: P-3 aircraft mishap, VP-1
Michael J. Gault


Grad Circumstances not released
CDR Christopher Giedlin 24 Grad 2014: Pancreatic cancer
Robert Dwight Greer


Grad 1983: SH-2F helicopter mishap, HSL-36
Steven D. Herning


Grad 1979: Aircraft mishap, VX-5
William E. Hogan


Grad 1979: Auto accident in Pensacola while in flight training
Frank Hollimon III   Non Grad Circumstances not known

CDR Howell C. Hollis

32 Grad May 14, 2005 from a lengthy Illness
Jon R. Jeffries


Non Grad Circumstances not known
LT George S. Jones


Grad 1985: Auto accident
CDR Sandy A. Jones 15 Grad Jun 6, 2015 Pacreatic Cancer
Larry Paul Keller      
Ens. John C. Kennedy III


Grad 1981: Aircraft training accident at flight school during carrier quals– TRARON 26
Capt. Michael F. King


Grad 1988: CH-46 helicopter accident near Okinawa – HMM-262, MAG 24
Bob George Kovak 23 Grad 2006:  Complications from heart surgery
Kenneth James Kropkowski      
Thomas A. Kwiatkowski 36 Grad 2010: Liver disease
LT Mark A. Lange


Grad 1983: Killed in action over Lebanon - VA-85
Capt. George A. Last


Grad 1986: Adverse reaction to medication received during a dental examination
Raymon Conner Lee      
Neal Theron Lippy


Non Grad Circumstances not known
Daniel James Luce 36 Non Grad 1979: Auto accident at USNA
Richard Watkins Malone  19 Grad 2005: Accident in his home
LT David Keath McCullough


Grad 1983: Aircraft training accident near Kingman, AZ – ATKRON 34
Tyrone Ellis McGruder      
LCDR Alvin B. ("AB") Miller  (ret) 17 Grad 2006:  Blood clot in the lung following back surgery.
ENS Patrick Henry Nettles


Grad 1979: Aircraft accident flying as an observer during a forest fire in San Diego County while at SWOSCOLCOM
Jeffrey Clayton O'Rourke 36 Grad Passed away on August 19, 2010 in Kirkland, WA. 
ENS Antonio Agra Ortega, Jr.


Grad 1981: Commissioned in the Philippine Navy, ship lost at sea in a typhoon while on exercises
Robert Charles Paquette


Non Grad Circumstances not known
Brian F. "Bubba" Philipp 12 Grad Passed away Dec. 21, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. 
LT Mark Robert Pohlmeyer


Grad 1986: Aircraft training mishap
John Luke Rogers


Grad 1988: Circumstances not known

Steve Alan Rogers    

15 Non Grad 03/02/2010, Circumstances not released
Martin J. (Marty) Sullivan 36 Grad Marc16 2015: Passed away after a courageous battle with brain cancer
Thomas Wright Thompson Jr. 8 Grad 2009: Circumstances not released
Steve Allen Tilton


Non Grad 2001: Circumstances not released
Michael Joe Trcka, Jr


Grad 1992: Cancer
Kirk Holland Vestal   Non Grad 2007: Long illness
LCDR John E. Von Gohren


Grad 1989: Heart attack induced by an allergic reaction
Stephen L. Whitehurst   Non Grad Circumstances not known


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