USNA 26th Company

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

The company is the most important unit in the Brigade of Midshipmen. Companies eat, sleep, study, drill, and compete together. Comprised of roughly 30-35 midshipmen from each of all four classes, they are led by 1/c Midshipmen. There are currently 30 companies in the Brigade, though this number has ranged from 8 in the late 1920s to 36 from the late 1940s to the late 1990s.

Some classes are in the same company for all four years; there is also "shotgunning" (all midshipmen in a class, usually following plebe year, are moved randomly to a different company) and "rifling" (again usually following plebe year, an entire group would move from one company to another). Even though many alumni were a part of more than one company during their four years at the Naval Academy, the list below is reflective of the company from which they graduated.

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Robert McCleery
Class of 1967

Lieutenant (j.g.), US Navy

Garden City, New York

November 25, 1969 (24 years old)

Operational loss, Attack Squadron (VA) 172, Fixed Wing, USNA 26th Company

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William Matthews
Class of 1968

Lieutenant, US Navy

Wantagh, New York

July 16, 1978 (32 years old)

Operational loss, Fighter Squadron (VF) 211, Fixed Wing, USNA 26th Company

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Stuart Powrie
Class of 1970

Lieutenant Commander, US Navy

Akron, Ohio

February 22, 1982 (34 years old)

Operational loss, Blue Angels, Fixed Wing, USNA 26th Company

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Dan Davis
Class of 1972

Lieutenant, US Navy

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

March 10, 1980 (30 years old)

Operational loss, Air Anti-Submarine Squadron (VS) 41, Fixed Wing, USNA 26th Company

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David Carlson
Class of 1976

Lieutenant Commander, US Navy

Falmouth, Massachusetts

January 21, 1985 (30 years old)

Operational loss, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 33, Helicopter, USNA 26th Company