BRIAN R.S.J. DEFORGE, 1LT, USMCR
Brian R.S.J. Deforge '03
Date of birth: May 28, 1981
Date of death: June 26, 2006
From the 2003 Lucky Bag:
From Ancestry.com on July 4, 2006:
PLATTSBURGH, NY — 1st Lieutenant Brian Robert St. Jacques Deforge, USMC, formerly of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and currently a resident of NAS LeMoore, Calif., died on Monday, June 26, 2006, as a result of a midair jet airplane collision.
Brian was a 1999 graduate of Beekmantown High School. He was a high honor student and a standout athlete. Upon graduation from high school, Brian entered the United States Naval Academy with the Class of 2003. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a commission in the United States Marine Corps.
Brian was a driven young man who set goals and did whatever it took to achieve them. He was a kind human being who considered all others his equal, regardless of their rank or social status. He was a devoted son, brother, cousin, nephew, grandson, husband and father. While at the Naval Academy, Brian met and courted his bride, the former Jane Romano. They were married on Kent Island in Maryland in June of 2003. Brian always dreamed of being a jet pilot, and upon graduation from Annapolis, his dream was fulfilled when he was selected for Marine Corps aviation. Together, Brian and Jane embarked on an adventure in Marine Corps ground and aviation training that took them to Virginia, Florida, Texas and California. Brian excelled as a student pilot and during training in the T-45A Goshawk, he earned the coveted Top Hook Award aboard the USS John F. Kennedy. Upon completion of Primary Flight training, Brian earned his dream selection; he would go on to train in the fighter jet, F-18 Hornet in Strike Fighter Squadron 125. Brian was an excellent student and he truly loved to fly.
Brian is survived by his wife, Jane; their children, Brian Jr. and Alison; his mother and step-father, John and Patience Landry; his father and step-mother, Robert D. and Carolyn Deforge; his brothers, Aaron, Ryan, Brad, Robby and Zach; his maternal grandmother, Anna St.Jacques; his paternal grandfather, Robert P. Deforge; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.