From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

David Knott '71

Date of birth: September 30, 1949

Date of death: June 19, 1991

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1971 Lucky Bag:


Dover Air Force Base HS senior photo, age 17.

From Los Angeles Times on June 20, 1991:

Two Marine aviators, one a squadron commander, were killed Wednesday when their Cobra attack helicopter crashed in rough terrain at the Naval Weapons Station near Fallbrook during a nighttime training mission.

The AH-1 Cobra, a heavily armed, jet-powered aircraft designed to fly low and destroy enemy tanks and troop positions, crashed about 12:40 a.m. at the weapons storage facility, which is next to Camp Pendleton, said Gunnery Sgt. Dave Marriott, a Marine Corps spokesman.

The victims were identified as Lt. Colonel David A. Knott, 40, of David City, Neb. and Capt. Michael M. Vagedes, 27, of Centerville, Ohio. It could not be confirmed if either aviator was a Desert Storm veteran.

The crew and helicopter were from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, which was commanded by Knott, according to Cpl. Deidre Hinkle, a Camp Pendleton spokeswoman. The squadron, based at Camp Pendleton, is part of the Marine Aircraft Group 39.

Knott and Vagedes were participating in a night training flight when the crash occurred, Marriott said. …

The crash occurred on June 19, 1991.

Dave is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Class of 1971

David is one of 14 members of the Class of 1971 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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