DAVID M. PIMPLE, 1LT, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

David Pimple '85

Date of birth: May 13, 1963

Date of death: March 20, 1989

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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Loss

David was lost when the CH-53 helicopter he was piloting crashed near P'ohang, South Korea on March 20, 1989. He is buried in Arizona. Seventeen other Marines and a Navy corpsman were also killed.

Obituary

From Find A Grave:

1LT Dave M. Pimple graduated USNA in 1985 before entering the Marine Corps and being accepted into flight school. A great son, a great friend and a great pilot.

Tribute by Dave's friend and alumni, Don Selvy:

Dave attended the U.S. Naval Academy - graduating in 1985. He selected Marine Corps aviation and completed his flight training in 1986. During a high profile exercise dubbed "Team Spirit," in South Korea on March 20, 1989, his CH-53E helicopter crashed due to apparent engine malfunction.

Dave was loved by everyone that knew him. While at Buena High School (The Fighting Colts) Dave was a stand-out cross-country runner and a good friend to many people on the site.

At the Naval Academy, he was a leader with an easy-going style and a quick wit. In the Marine Corps, he was a hard worker, an excellent pilot and a good friend to everyone in the squadron.

Dave is mourned by his friends, his comrades in arms and a grateful nation.


Class of 1985

David is one of 3 members of the Class of 1985 in Memorial Hall.