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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: February 13, 1925
Date of death: February 13, 1951
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

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From the 1947 Lucky Bag:

David Allen McCoskrie

Corvallis, Oregon

Quiet and persistent with a mind of his own Mac was always quick in action and violent in reaction The more irons he had in the fire the happier he was At any time one could find him in at least three, usually about six, extra-curricular activities. Although noted for his ability on the dinghy sailing team, his greatest claim to fame comes from his beautiful baritone solos in the choir. His first love was the model railroad club, which he himself founded. Mac's instinctive interest in all that surrounded him made his stay at Bancroft an active one.

The Class of 1947 was graduated in June 1946 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


From Find A Grave:

USNA Class of 1947, Lieutenant Junior Grade McCoskrie was the pilot of a F4U-5N Corsair night fighter with Composite Squadron 3, aboard the carrier USS VALLEY FORGE (CV-45). On February 13, 1951, while on a night combat heckler mission near Yontae-ri, Korea, contact was lost and he was listed as Missing in Action. He was presumed dead on April 16, 1954.

Awarded: Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

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Class of 1947
David is one of 27 members of the Class of 1947 in Memorial Hall.
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