From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Dennis O'Malley '72

Date of birth: June 13, 1951

Date of death: May 15, 1977

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1972 Lucky Bag:


From the October 1977 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Dennis Patrick O'Malley USN was lost at sea due to an aircraft accident during a night carrier barricade landing on board USS Independence on 15 May 1977 in the Eastern Mediterranean. Memorial services were held on board ship.

Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of New York, he was graduated with the Class of 1972. He was an exceUent athlete in many company sports while a midshipman. Upon receiving his commission he reported to the fast combat support ship Detroit prior to taking training as a naval flight officer at Naval Air Station, Pensacola. Navigation and radar intercept training followed at Naval Air Station, Glynco, Georgia, and he received his wings in November 1973. He thereupon reported to Fighter Squadron One Hundred One for replacement training in the F-4 Phantom. Upon completion of training he joined Fighter Squadron One Hundred Two aboard Independence and was with this group when the fatal accident occurred.

He is survived by his widow, Joanne, a son, his parents, four brothers, and a sister.

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Class of 1972

Dennis is one of 13 members of the Class of 1972 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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