JAMES B. MCLENDON, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James McLendon '66

Date of birth: February 27, 1944

Date of death: February 17, 1969

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1966 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From the May 1969 issue of SHIPMATE.

From the May 1969 issue of SHIPMATE:

Lt James B. McLendon, USN, died 17 Feb. at Meridian, Miss., as the result of an aircraft accident. Memorial services were held in the Meridian Air Station Chapel and in the Calvary United Methodist Church, Annapolis, Md. He was buried at sea off the USS LEXINGTON in the Gulf of Mexico.

Lt. McLendon was born in Panama City, Republic of Panama, and was an honor graduate of William Fleming High School, Roanoke, Va. He won the Virginia State Championships in both the American Legion and the Voice of Democracy oratorical competitions, and in 1962 was given a Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation award. While a midshipman, he was a member of the varsity sailing team, participated in dramatics and forensics, and twice won the Jewish War Veterans of the U. S. speaking contest; he also served as "Salty Sam" for the midshipmen magazine The Log.

After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1966, Lt. McLendon reported to USS HENRY B . WILSON as assistant combat information center officer, and in Oct. 1968 he entered basic training at Pensacola, Fla. Two months later he reported to Naval Air Station, Meridian, where he was a student pilot attached to Training Squadron Seven at the time of the accident.

Survivors include his widow, the former Andrea Gale Dart of Annapolis, who resides at 4609 Broadmoor Dr., Apt. #121, Meridian, Miss. 39301; his parents Mr. and Mrs. James B. McLendon Jr. of 3410 Collingwood St., N.E., Roanoke, Va. 20412, and a sister Miss Anne C. McLendon.

He was piloting a P-2A jet training aircraft; the instructor pilot was also killed.

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Class of 1966

James is one of 36 members of the Class of 1966 in Memorial Hall.