DOUGLAS J. MCCARTY, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Douglas McCarty '65

Date of birth: May 16, 1942

Date of death: April 24, 1970

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1965 Lucky Bag:

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DOUGLAS JOE McCARTY

San Francisco, California

Doug hailed to the Academy from the land of sun, surfing, and beautiful women; San Francisco. On his way to the East, he put in a year at New Mexico Military Institute; orientating his military genes. On arrival to Annapolis, Doug's athletic talents found him a place on the Varsity Basketball and Varsity Football teams, while his ready smile and sense of humor found him many friends among the Brigade. Although academics occasionally reared their head Doug could usually be found in the evenings using his artistic talents; deep in a drawing or his vocal talents; deep in a discussion with friends. During the freedom of weekends, Doug was not to be found in Bancroft, usually re-appearing three minutes before formation, with a contented smile on his face. With his warm, congenial personality; Doug will succeed in whatever the future holds for him.

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DOUGLAS JOE McCARTY

San Francisco, California

Doug hailed to the Academy from the land of sun, surfing, and beautiful women; San Francisco. On his way to the East, he put in a year at New Mexico Military Institute; orientating his military genes. On arrival to Annapolis, Doug's athletic talents found him a place on the Varsity Basketball and Varsity Football teams, while his ready smile and sense of humor found him many friends among the Brigade. Although academics occasionally reared their head Doug could usually be found in the evenings using his artistic talents; deep in a drawing or his vocal talents; deep in a discussion with friends. During the freedom of weekends, Doug was not to be found in Bancroft, usually re-appearing three minutes before formation, with a contented smile on his face. With his warm, congenial personality; Doug will succeed in whatever the future holds for him.

Loss

Doug was lost when his F-4J crashed in the Atlantic Ocean on April 24, 1970. He was a member of Fighter Squadron (VF) 101. (Information from now-defunct website and confirmed by Class of 1965 President's email on November 4, 2017.)

Other Information

From the September-October 1970 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Douglas J, McCarty, USN, died 24 April at sea as a result of an aircraft accident while en route to NAS Occana, Virginia Beach, Va. Memorial services were held in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at NAS Occana.

Lt. McCarty was raised in California. Prior to entering the Naval Academy he attended preparatory school at New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, N.M. He graduated from the Academy in the class of 1965.

After graduation he began flight training in Pensacola. He completed his training at Beeville, Tx., and was designated a Naval aviator in December 1966. His first flight assignment was Fighter Squadron 31; he deployed to the Mediterranean aboard the USS SARATOGA. In February 1970 he reported to Fighter Squadron 101, Detachment Oceana.

Lt. McCarty is survived by his widow, Barbara Gertrude, MOQ 666, NAS Oceana, Virginia Reach, Va. 23460; two daughters, Terri and Kym; his parents, Elder and Mrs. Frank E. McCarty of Norfolk, Va.; two brothers; and two sisters.

He graduated from Fresno High School in 1960.

Doug has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Class of 1965

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