From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Gaylord Parrett, Jr. '65

Date of birth: December 15, 1943

Date of death: January 9, 1980

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1965 Lucky Bag:


From The Los Angeles Times on January 11, 1980:

Navy officials identified the two crewmen from Miramar Naval Air Station, presumed dead after their jet training plane disappeared at sea, as Lt. Cmdr. Gaylord S. Parrett and Ensign Dewayne G. Cousin. A Navy spokesman said memorial services are planned for the men, who were on a routine training mission in a TA-4J Skyhawk when the plane apparently crashed about 62 miles southwest of San Diego Wednesday morning. Parrett, 36, originally from St. Petersburg, Fla., is survived by a wife and two children living in San Diego. Cousin, 22, leaves a mother in his native Lawton, Okla

From Dave and ‘65: Parrett, Gaylord S. Jr. LCDR, USN 339940 01/09/80 Deceased At Sea Near San Clemente, CA BNR - Aircraft Accident. Survived by Mrs. Rachelle Parrett, now Mrs. Zayicek."


From the May 1980 issue of Shipmate:

LCdr. Gaylord Swaync Parrett. Jr. USN died in an aircraft accident while on a training mission southeast of San Clemente, California, on 9 January 1980. Memorial services were held at the Airman Memorial Chapel, Naval Air Station, Miramar, California, on 15 January.

Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of Virginia, he was the son of Cdr. (USNR Ret. '44) and Mrs. Thomas Markham Searles. Jr. After graduation with the Class of 1965, he joined Patrol Squadron SEVEN prior to being ordered to flight school, receiving his wings in 1967. After initial A-4 Skyhawk training with VA-125. he reported to VA-93 as administrative and weapons training officer, making two cruises to Vietnam dunng this period. His next assignment was at Lemoore, California as an instructor pilot in the A-7 Corsair, followed by duty in ORISKANY as guided missile officer before being transferred to London on the staff of Commander in Chief, Naval Forces. Europe. In October of 1978 he joined Fleet Composite Squadron SEVEN as administrative officer and later operations officer. Among numerous decorations. LCdr. Parrett was awarded the Air Medal with 24th Strike Flight Award, five Navy Commendation Medals with Combat V, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Vietnam Service and campaign ribbons.

He is survived by his widow Rachelle, 9668 Benevente St., San Diego CA 92129, and a son; and his parents of Belleau Bluffs, Florida.


Gay was a member of Attack Squadron (VA) 93 during two combat cruises to Vietnam in 1967 and 1968.

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Class of 1965

Gaylord is one of 23 members of the Class of 1965 on Virtual Memorial Hall.