From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Albert McFall '50

Date of birth: March 12, 1927

Date of death: December 6, 1966

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

From the 1950 Lucky Bag:


From the January 1967 issue of Shipmate.

From the January 1967 issue of Shipmate:

Cdr. A . Dodge McFall, USN, died on 6 Dec. in the crash of a Skyhawk bomber following takeoff from the Bon Homme Richard during a night training flight off the coast of California. He was commanding officer of Attack Squadron 76, and had recently returned from Vietnam where he had flown 119 missions. Memorial services were held in the Naval Academy Chapel on 13 Dec.

Cdr. McFall, who was born in Baltimore, Md., attended St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Del., and was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1950. He was designated a naval aviator in January 1953 and reported to Attack Squadron 175 in the Atlantic Fleet. He had tours as aide and flag lieutenant to Chief of Naval Air Basic Training, Deputy Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, and the Superintendent, Naval Academy.

He served in five operational attack squadrons including VA-175, VA-105, VA-15, VA-75 and VA-65. He completed the Command and Staff course at the Naval War College in 1962. In October 1965 he became executive officer of VA-76 aboard USS Enterprise operating in the South China Sea, then became commanding officer.

Survivors include his widow, the former Jean Livingston of Jacksonville, Fla., and two children, Catherine Gardner and Albert Dodge McFall, Jr., of 4426 Country Club Road, Jacksonville; his parents, RAdm. and Mrs. Andrew C . McFall of Ponte Verde, Fla., and a brother, Andrew C. McFall, Jr., of St. Petersburg, Fla.

From USNA 1950:

Dodge McFall failed to return to USS Bon Homme Richard from a night training flight off San Diego. He was commaning officer of VA-76. Pete Boney closed his remarks with, "Many of us lost a close friend, our class lost an outstanding member, and the Navy has lost one of its finest officers...."

He has a memorial marker in Florida.

Distinguished Flying Cross

Unable to find citation for DFC, but listed on headstone.

Class of 1950

Albert is one of 36 members of the Class of 1950 on Virtual Memorial Hall.