From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Dwight Worrell '57

Date of birth: February 22, 1935

Date of death: July 9, 1974

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

From the 1957 Lucky Bag:


From the April 1975 issue of Shipmate:

LCdr. Dwight Irving Worrell, USN, died 9 July in an airplane crash on a farm six miles from Naples, Italy. Services were held at Laufersweiler Funeral Home, Fort Dodge LA, followed by interment with military honors in St. Olaf Cemetery.

LCdr. Worrell, a native of Iowa, was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1957. A Naval Aviator, he was killed, along with seven other Navy men, when their TA3B Skywarrior crashed after take-off from Naples' Capodichino Airport on its way back to Rota, Spain.

He is survived by his widow, Mona Gay, a son, and a daughter.

Flickr has a photograph of the exact aircraft that was lost.


He married to Mona Gay Thompson June 6th 1957 at the Naval Academy; his mother also survived him. Dwight and Mona were married for 17 years before he was killed.

They had two children, Denise Lynn Worrell born March 14, 1958, and Dwight I Worrell Jr. born March 23, 1962. Mona Gay Thompson lived with her son Dwight Jr. until her death on November 6, 2013 in Brentwood, California. She never dated or remarried after Dwight's death. Dwight's son Dwight Jr. followed in his dad's footsteps and became a pilot himself. Dwight Jr. is married to Genevieve Worrell and they have three children: Dwight I. Worrell III, Trevor G. Worrell and Danielle Depuy-Grobbel.


My dad loved to fly airplanes, taking his family on vacations across the country and around the world, hunting and fishing and spending time with his family. I remember hearing a story from when he was at the Naval Academy that he and his best friend Bruce Purvis took one of the canons from the academy grounds and placed it into the Dean's office. He had a great career in the navy as a pilot for nearly 20 years. He flew the A-3 Skywarrior and was decorated several times for valor and received several medals including the "Navy Achievement Medal" for saving two F-4 Phantoms in Vietnam by refueling them and escorting them back to the carrier USS Coral Sea. Both planes had suffered damage and may not have made it back alone. Later in his career he flew A-3s (TA-3B and VA-3B) which were A-3s converted into VIP transports. He flew Navy VIP's and congressman around. He continued to do this until being transferred to the VQ-2 squadron in Rota Spain in 1972. Dwight I. Worrell, Jr.

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