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Cecil Boyd '61

Date of birth: October 8, 1939

Date of death: January 31, 1968

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1961 Lucky Bag:


From the June 1968 issue of Shipmate.

From the June 1968 issue of Shipmate:

Capt. Cecil S. Boyd, USAF, died in a military aircraft accident near Zapata, Tex., on 30 Jan. A pilot trainee, he had been serving with 3641 Student Squadron, Laredo Air Force Base, Tex. Services with military honors were held at the Base Chapel, followed by cremation. His ashes were released from an aircraft over the base during private committal services.

Capt. Boyd, who was born in Pennsylvania, was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1961. He was assigned to Squadron Officers School at Greenville Air Force Base, Miss., then to Headquarters Lowry Technical Training Center, Lowry Air Force Base, Colo. He received a Master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1965, then became a project engineer, Gemini Specialty Branch, Eglin AFB, Fla. Following Squadron Officers' School at Maxwell AFB, Ala., he became a project engineer, then chairman. Project Branch, Headquarters APGC, at Eglin.

Surviving are his widow Kristin; a son, Dennis S., and two daughters, Susan and Karen, of 410 Berkeley Rd., Laredo, Tx. 78040; his mother, Mrs. Sara B. Miller of Laytone Lake, Penns Grove, N. J. 08069.

From The Gettysburg Times on February 6, 1968:

Capt. Cecil S. Boyd, 28, Laredo, Tex., a native of Gettysburg, was fatally injured last Tuesday evening at 8:08 o'clock when his T-38 training plane crashed about 20 miles southeast of Zapata, Tex., while he was on a solo training flight from the Laredo Air Force Base. Boyd was a son of Mrs. Neil Miller, the former Sara (Rife) Boyd, Penns Grove, N.J., and the late Cecil Boyd who died in 1957. A number of years ago the Boyds operated a tourist camp and garage along the Emmitsburg Rd.

The deceased graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1961, having received his appointment there from California. Following graduation he entered the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his mother he is survived by his widow, one son, Dennis, aged five: two daughters, Susan Lynne, four, and Karen Faith, 11 months. A number of relatives reside in Adams County.

He is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery.

Class of 1961

Cecil is one of 23 members of the Class of 1961 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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