From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. '63

Date of birth: May 21, 1941

Date of death: January 2, 1966

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1963 Lucky Bag:


via USNA Class of 1963:

Lt.(jg) Donald C. MacLaughlin, USN, was killed in action on 2 Jan. when his jet bomber crashed on a mountainside in Vietnam. He was serving in VA-44 during RAG and was flying the A-4 Skyhawk with VA-76 in the carrier Enterprise (CVA(N) 65) when shot down. Memorial services were held in the Naval Academy Chapel on 11 Jan 1966.

Lt. MacLaughlin was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1963, when he stood in the top 10 per cent of his class. He was awarded the Naval Academy Athletic Association Sword for excellence in athletics. He was an All-America midfielder in lacrosse and was captain of the soccer team his first class year.

He is survived by his widow, Gayle, and their 21-month-old daughter of 6139 Verdes Rd., Jacksonville, Fla.; his parents, Dr. and Mrs. D. C. MacLaughlin, of Catonsville, Md. Shipmate, 1966

Also on that page; no date given: "(Gayle MacLaughlin is now also deceased and his grown daughter, Sharon lives in Arizona.)"

MacLaughlin Award

from Wikipedia's entry:

The Lt. Donald McLaughlin Jr. Award — also known as the "Don McLaughlin Award" — has been given annually since 1973 by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) to the NCAA's most outstanding college lacrosse midfielder. The award is presented to the best midfielder in Division I, Division II, and — until recently — Division III.

MacLaughlin was a leading midfielder and scorer on three consecutive Division 1 National Championship Navy Lacrosse Teams ('61, '62, '63), and First Team All-American. He was also an All-American and Captain of the 1963 Navy Soccer team, leading Navy to its first appearance in the final NCAA Division-1 championship game.

Class of 1963

Donald is one of 29 members of the Class of 1963 on Virtual Memorial Hall.