From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Craig Taylor '65

Date of birth: May 29, 1943

Date of death: June 27, 1968

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1965 Lucky Bag:


From Redlands Daily Facts of Redlands, California, on June 28, 1968

SAN DIEGO (UPI) Ltjg Craig M. Taylor, 25, was killed in the crash of a Navy F-8 Crusader jet three miles east of Miramar Naval Air Station Thursday night. Cause of the crash was under investigation. The plane disintegrated and wreckage was spread over a 300-square-yard area. The plane, part of Fighter Squadron 111, crashed while making a final landing approach during a routine night mission. A small fire started by the crash was quickly controlled by firefighters from the naval air station. Taylor's widow, Frances, lives in San Diego with their 6-month old son.

Craig is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


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From the November 1968 issue of Shipmate:

Lt.(jg) Craig M. Taylor, USN, died 27 June in an aircraft accident near the Naval Air Station Miramar, California, following night air refueling. Memorial services were held at the Naval Air Station chapel, with services and interment at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors.

Lt. Taylor was born at Glendale, California. He was on the Superintendent's List as a midshipman, and was Commander of the 20th Company. Following graduation from the Naval Academy in 1965, he completed basic training at the Pensacola and Miramar Naval Air Stations and was designated a naval aviator in January 1967 at Kingsville.

His first assignment was at Miramar NAS where he flew F-8s in Squadron VF-124. In December 1967 he was assigned as a replacement pilot in Squadron VF-111 aboard Oriskany. On 2 January of this year he was shot down by ground fire over Than Hoa, North Vietnam, while on his first mission over enemy territory, and was rescued by helicopter from the water.

Surviving are his widow, Frances Elizabeth, and a son, Michael Craig; his father, Beecher Taylor of Pittsburgh, Pa.; his mother, Mrs. Thomas Shoen of Dallas, Tex.; a brother, Lt. Gary W. Taylor, USNR, of San Diego, and a sister, Miss Julie Taylor of Torrance, Calif.

Previous Service

From Raunchy Redskins:

Lcdr Leo Keiffer/Lt Ed Marsyla/AX2 Thomas Monroe/AXAN Daniel Abbott pluck Ltjg Craig M. Taylor, F-8C pilot of VF-111 off the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) from the midst of a fleet of hostile fishing craft located very close to the Vietnamese beach. Ltjg Taylor's Crusader (BuNo. 146989) suffered total electrical failure while escorting a RF-8C on a photo-recon mission over the Than Hoa area. The pilot reports that he was mighty happy when "Big Mutha" arrived to save him from possible capture. Lt Taylor later died in an flight mishap at NAS Miramar.

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Class of 1965

Craig is one of 23 members of the Class of 1965 on Virtual Memorial Hall.