From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Dean Price '76

Date of birth: December 31, 1954

Date of death: June 15, 1980

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

1976 Price LB.jpg


From Chicago Tribune on June 16, 1980:

U.S. Navy helicopter carrying crewmen on a routine logistics mission plunged into the Caribbean Sea off the island of St. Croix Sunday. There was no sign of survivors, Coast Guard and Navy officials said.

The helicopter, an H-3 Sea King, belonged to Flight Composite Squadron No. 8 of the Roosevelt Roads Naval Station at the eastern tip of Puerto Rico. The Navy started an Investigation into the crash but no cause was immediately pinpointed.

The identities of the four crewmen and four passengers were withheld until their families could be notified.

COAST GUARD Lt. Cmdr. Mike Adams said a submarine crew saw the helicopter go down about 7:30 a.m. about 3 miles off St. Croix, and first reports indicated a rotor had separated In flight.

The submarine crew did not see anybody climb out of the helicopter.

Two Navy helicopters and a Coast Guard helicopter searched the area, and all three reported sighting "a lot of debris" but no sign of any survivors.

Can't find a complete list of passengers and crew, but Dean was mentioned in a post at the VC-8 Redtails page. Peacetime Casualties lists his date of death as June 15, 1980, which matches with the above news article. MooseRoots says he was from Baltimore.

From the October 1980 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Dean Anthony Price USN was killed in the crash of an H-3 twin-turbojet helicopter on a flight between St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, on 15 June 1980. Four other Navy personnel, a Navy dependent, and two civilians were lost in the crash as well. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in memoriam at the Naval Academy Chapel on 14 July.

Bom in Illinois, Lt. Price was appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of Maryland. A graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Baltimore, he was chosen as the scholar-athlete of that school in his senior year. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1976 he requested flight training and upon being designated naval aviator, was assigned to Fleet Composite Squadron EIGHT in Puerto Rico.

Lt. Price was a member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association and his father, Maurice D. Price, is an employee of the Naval Academy police force. Mr. Price has requested that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Alumni Association for the Lt. Dean Price Memorial Fund.

Lt. Price is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice D. Price, 438 Robison Street, Baltimore MD 21224; and a brother.

Class of 1976

Dean is one of 11 members of the Class of 1976 on Virtual Memorial Hall.