Appendix C – USMMA Graduates, Alumni and Midshipmen Killed in Service since January 1, 1947

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USMMA GRADUATES, ALUMNI & MIDSHIPMEN
KILLED IN ENEMY ACTION WHILE IN WAR ZONE
SINCE JANUARY 1, 1947
MILITARY

NAME                       CLASS          DATE             CONFLICT                DESCRIPTION

 William  N. Donnelly, IV  2008 GR        11/25/2010    Afghanistan      Killed while  leading his                  1st Lt, USMC                                                                     platoon on a dismounted infantry 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines                                                  operation in Helmand Province.
1st Division, I MEF, K Company
2nd Platoon

Francis L. Toner, IV    2006 GR        3/27/2009           Afghanistan     Killed by an Afghan           LTJG, USN-CEC                                                                            soldier in Camp Shaheen, Garrison Engineer, Combined                          Mazed-E-Shariff while running with a group                Security Transition Command,                         of  fellow naval officers.  Saved all but one 209th Corps/ARSIC North                                  female by distracting shooter.

Aaron N. Seesan,        2003 GR       5/22/2005    Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom)        USA-1st Lt, Combat Engineer                             Mortally wounded on 5/21/2005 while     73rd Engineer Co., 1st (Stryker)                           leading his platoon on an IED sweep by a              Brigade, 24th Regiment, 25th                                               roadside bomb.  He died in Landstuhl, Infantry Division                                                  Germany after  medical evacuation

John “Larry” Lavish     1963 GR        8/1/1967         Vietnam   While assigned as Air Liaison Capt, USAF                                                               Officer of the 3rd  Battalion of the Royal Air Liaison Officer                                                     Korean Marine Corps Brigade  in South 3rd Battalion, Royal Korean                                       Vietnam commanding 17 U.S. Marines  Marine Corps Brigade                                                coordinating U.S. air support, he was killed on a  combat mission when his armored personnel carrier struck a land mine.  He had previously flown 151 successful F-11 Phantom Jet missions over Vietnam. He had been selected for promotion to Major. Vietnam War Memorial Panel 24E, Line 061.

MERCHANT MARINE

John A. Bishop    1946 GR     8/23/1968      Vietnam       While serving as the SS Baton    First Assistant Engineer                                                   Rouge Victory’s  First Assistant                                                                                 Engineer, he lost his life when a mine exploded under the vessel while steaming up the Saigon River in South Vietnam.

                                                                                                                                             USMMA GRADUATES, ALUMNI AND MIDSHIPMEN 

KILLED BY OTHER THAN ENEMY ACTION WHILE IN WAR ZONE 

SINCE JANUARY 1, 1947

 MILITARY

NAME                      CLASS          DATE             CONFLICT                DESCRIPTION

John A. Beving           1986 GR        8/8/1992         Iraq (Desert Storm)        While flying an Captain, USMC                                      AH1W helicopter for HMLA “Scarface”  Squadron HMLA “Scarface” Squadron 367         367 on night vision  goggles over the dunes  of Kuwait during a training mission in support of Operation Desert Stay. He and his co-pilot were killed when their aircraft crashed.  His remains lie in the Rosencrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA.

Mark D. Jackson         1985 GR        3/24/1991      Iraq (Desert  Storm)       Died of injuries
LT, USNR                   sustained in an automobile   accident in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  First death of a Naval Reservist recalled to active duty in Operation Desert Storm.  Reportedly collision of military vehicles.

MERCHANT MARINE

Raymond W. Reiche        1968 GR      12/26/1969    Vietnam                      While serving as Second Mate                              Second Mate aboard the States Marine C-2, SS Badger State, he lost his life while attempting to save the vessel from aerial bombs that were loose in the ship’s holds in extremely rough seas while en route to Vietnam.  The vessel ultimately sank from exploding bombs.  Only fourteen crew members survived.

USMMA GRADUATES AND ALUMNI

KILLED ON ACTIVE DUTY WHILE TRAINING

SINCE JANUARY 1, 1947

NAME               CLASS          DATE             LOCATION               DESCRIPTION

Allen R. Schuchman      1950 GR    12/17/1952    Elmendorf AFB         Pilot, Schuchman, hit 2nd Lt, USAFR                                                        Anchorage, AK        terrain while attempting a landing in an F-94B all-weather fighter interceptor during training at Elmendorf AFB.

Thomas E. Fitzpatrick      1951 GR     2/28/1955      Modesto, CA             Fitzpatrick was a LTJG, USN                                                                Near NAS                 “checkout” pilot in an F9F-8 Cougar  leading a flight of two aircraft and crashed into hills near Modesto, CA due to engine or electrical failure.  Pilot was killed when ejection seat failed he was forced to bailout at high speed.

Thomas J. Campbell      1952 GR     3/14/1962      Western Pacific         During recovery   LT, US                                                                     operations aboard the USS Hancock
VF-213                                                                    (CVA-19), pilot, Campbell, crashed his           F3H Demon fighter jet on the carrier deck and went over the side.                                          

James A. Reneau        1960 GR       2/12/1964      Pacific Ocean            While in training for LTJG, USN                                                              off NAS Miramar       a deployment to the   VF-92                                                                                                        Western  Pacific in a Navy F-4 Phantom II, the pilot, Reneau, was killed in a low altitude rollover combat maneuver during a failed ejection sequence.  The RIO survived.

Dennis P. Hritz     1977 GR      2/28/1978      Bay Minnette, AL       During a routine training LTJG, USN                     flight a TH-1L Bell Iroquois  helicopter trainer from NAS Whiting Field, Milton, FL exploded killing all on board including Hritz.  His commanding officer awarded his wings posthumously.

Thomas D. Waterbury     1985 GR    4/15/1992    Gulf of Mexico       While practicing
LT, USN                         take-offs from the USS Forrestal (CV-59) the T-2C Buckeye  Training Squadron 4     trainer, in which Waterbury was an instructor pilot in the rear seat, crashed immediately after takeoff.  Waterbury ejected but was not found.  The other instructor pilot was rescued.

Kenneth M. Graff     2001 GR       9/23/2002     E. Milton, FL       Graff was killed when his 2nd Lt, USMC             four-seat Piper Cherokee crashed between a tree and a house while soloing in a prospective aviator program of FAA certified instruction while waiting for formal instruction at the Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, FL.

Jerry R. Smith       2003 GR   8/28/2007      Atlantic Ocean           Smith perished with two LTJG, USN                                                   Off Virginia Capes     other crew members of a Carrier Airborne Early Warning                                                      E-2C Hawkeye Command Squadron 120                                                and Control Aircraft after  launching off the
USS Harry S. Truman while Smith was completing carrier qualification exercises. Neither the plane nor the crew members were recovered.  Smith had earned his wings in May of 2006 qualifying in the T-45A Goshawk jet.  

USMMA GRADUATES, ALUMNI, MIDSHIPMEN

KILLED WHILE SERVING THEIR NATION

UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

SINCE JANUARY 1, 1947

 

NAME                 CLASS          DATE             LOCATION               DESCRIPTION

Elliott M. See, Jr.   1949 GR      02/28/1966    St. Louis, MO      See and Astronaut Charles Bassett were killed when when their T-38 jet trainer crashed into  the McDonnell Aircraft Building 101, known as the McDonnell Space Center, adjacent to the Lambert Field Airport in St. Louis, where they were going to train in a Gemini spacecraft simulator.  See was a member of the 1962 NASA Group 2 and acted as backup pilot for Gemini 5.  He was in line to fly as Prime Crew Pilot for Gemini 8 but was promoted to be Command Pilot of Gemini 9.  Investigative panel concluded that pilot error (flying too low to the ground) was caused by poor visibility due to bad weather.

Robert D. Colin      1974 GR     09/11/2001    WTC, NYC                 Colin was killed when terrorists flew a commercial jet liner into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. He worked for Aon Corporation (Insurance) on the 99th floor.

Gilbert F. Granados   1975 GR  09/11/2001   WTC, NYC                 Gilbert was killed when terrorists flew a commercial jet liner into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.  He worked for Aon Corporation (Insurance) on the 98th floor.  A LCDR in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, the U.S. Coast Guard Station located at USMMA, Kings Point, NY was named for him in 2003.

(Revised 01/24/2011)

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