From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Creighton Lankford '25

Date of birth: September 21, 1902

Date of death: September 16, 1931

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1925 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Ensign C. K. Linkford, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #3439 in 1929. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1925.

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Lankford died from severe burns following the crash of his aircraft while flying relief supplies into Costa Rica following a deadly earthquake.

His date of death was September 16, 1931; he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Creighton was earlier a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 1B, aboard USS Saratoga (CV 3), in San Diego. In the summer of 1929 the entire squadron journeyed cross-country to participate in the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio. Before he arrived, though, he had a very rough landing in a field near Lorain, Ohio, that fractured his jaw. Charles Lindburg filled in for him in a flight demonstration at the event.

The link above also includes some additional details on Creighton's loss.

Class of 1925

Creighton is one of 30 members of the Class of 1925 on Virtual Memorial Hall.