From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Francis McKeone '75

Date of birth: March 5, 1952

Date of death: December 11, 1977

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1975 Lucky Bag:


From the September 1978 issue of Shipmate.

From the September 1978 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. (jg) Francis Xavier McKeone USN was killed on 11 December 1977 when his P-3 aircraft strack a mountain on Hierto Island, The Canaries. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware, with interment in All Saints Cemetery in Newark.

Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of Delaware, he attended the preparatory school at Bainbridge, Maryland, prior to reporting to the Academy. Upon graduation with the Class of 1975 he proceeded to flight training at Pensacola, then was designated naval aviator at Corpus Christi in October 1976. After schooling at North Island, San Diego, he reported to Moffett Field for training in the P-3, then began his first tour with VP-11 at the naval air station, Brunswick, Maine. His squadron was deployed in October 1977 for the Azores and Rota, Spain, and the accident occurred while flying out of Lajes Field in the Azores.

He is survived by his widow, Jane, 1600 Gravenor Lane, Newark DE 19711, and a son, Matthew.

He was also survived by his parents and two brothers.

Class of 1975

Francis is one of 8 members of the Class of 1975 on Virtual Memorial Hall.