DAVID R. THORNHILL, LTJG, USN
From the 1948-B Lucky Bag:
DAVID RANDOLPH THORNHILL
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Being a Navy Junior, Dave was almost a sure thing to be nicknamed Navy Davy . . . and his serious attitude about the Naval Academy and the Navy in general, further emphasize the significance of the title. Though having traveled and lived in many places Dave claims California as his home state . . . spent his last years of high school and a year of college there . . . thus joining the ranks of expounders of the virtues of the Golden State. Dave's interests vary as regularly as the Maryland weather, but two remain invariably the same . . . the inevitable women . . . and the biggest, oldest possible cars. Dave took the four years at Navy completely in stride . . . the average student . . . yet possessing great ability to think things out for himself . . . further aiding his inclination to be independent. Slow to make a decision, yet inalterable once made, Dave's self-confidence is a valuable asset. Easygoing . . . quiet . . . soft spoken . . . agreeable, yet reserved in manner all add greatly to Dave's particular charm. A grand liberty companion . . . Dave is ready to go anytime . . . plans or no plans . . . always comes back having had a great time. Refuses only one thing for a buddy . . . dragging blind . . . believes there are too many beautiful girls in the world to take a chance.
David was a member of the 2nd Battalion Staff in the fall. He graduated from the 6th Company with the class of 1948-B in June 1948. (The top half of the class academically, designated 1948-A, graduated in June 1947 as the last wartime-accelerated class.)
David was one of the 103 officers and crew of USS Bennington (CVA 20) lost when a catapult exploded on May 26, 1954. Unable to any other information about his life or loss, including if he was ship's company or attached to an embarked squadron.
Don Stephens '48 was also in 6th Company.
|Class of 1948|
|David is one of 46 members of the Class of 1948 in Memorial Hall.|
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