DAVID L. HESS, CAPT, USMC
David Hess '54
Date of birth: July 28, 1929
Date of death: April 28, 1961
From the 1954 Lucky Bag:
Dave was lost when he died of injuries sustained when his Lockheed F-104A Starfighter exploded during departure from George AFB on April 7, 1961. He died on April 28 and is buried in California; he was survived by his parents.
Dave was a "Sidewinder project officer" — believe this to be the AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile.
From the August 1961 issue of SHIPMATE:
It is my sad duty to report the death of DA VID L. HESS at the hospital at Ft Sam Houston, Tex., on 28 Apr, 1961 as a result of injuries sustained in an aircraft accident at George AFB, Calif. Dave was one of the most highly rated officers ever to graduate from the Test Pilot program at Pax River, Md. The Marine Corps has suffered the loss of a most promising young officer, but we, as a class, have lost one of our finest shipmates.