From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Brian Hurst '71

Date of birth: January 2, 1949

Date of death: May 15, 1977

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1971 Lucky Bag:


From the October 1977 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Brian Dwane Hurst USN was lost at sea due to an aircraft accident during a night carrier barricade landing on board USS Independence on 15 May 1977 in the Eastern Mediterranean. Memorial services were held on board ship.

Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of Illinois, he was graduated with the Class of 1971. As a midshipman he was known for his spirit and his willingness to help. Upon receiving his commission he reported to the destroyer Hull for four months, then reported for flight training and was designated naval aviator in May of 1973. During this training period he also earned his Master of Science degree at the University of West Florida, Pensacola. Further training followed whereupon he joined Fighter Squadron One Hundred One as a replacement pilot in the F-4 Phantom. He later joined Fighter Squadron One Hundred Two aboard Independence and had been with this group for six months when the fatal accident occurted.

He is survived by his widow, Mary, a son, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Foster Hurst of Carthage, Illinois.

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Class of 1971

Brian is one of 14 members of the Class of 1971 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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