From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Clinton Farmer '66

Date of birth: August 4, 1943

Date of death: June 15, 1978

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1966 Lucky Bag:


From the September 1978 issue of Shipmate:

LCdr. Clinton Jefferson Farmer USN died on 13 June 1978 in an aircraft accident at the naval air station, Patuxent, Maryland. Lt. Patrick W. O'Neil USN '70 died in the same accident. A joint memorial service for the two pilots was held at the station chapel on 16 June.

Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of Maine, LCdr. Farmer was graduated with the Class of 1966 and proceeded to flight training, being designated naval aviator in 1967. He was assigned to VA-125 and VA-22 at the naval air station, Lemoore, Califomia, then attended postgraduate school at Monterey before retuming to Lemoore. He attended the test pilot school in 1975 and was assigned to Strike Aircraft Test Directorate for one year before being ordered to the test pilot school as an instructor.

He is survived by his widow, Sarah, a son and a daughter, all of California, Maryland.

He was piloting a T-38. Clinton is buried in New Hampshire.


A theater was named for Clint at the Naval Air Test and Evaluation Museum. (The museum has since been renamed.)

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Class of 1966

Clinton is one of 36 members of the Class of 1966 on Virtual Memorial Hall.