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McFaddin Moise '46

Date of birth: November 7, 1922

Date of death: February 4, 1953

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1946 Lucky Bag:


From the Sumter Daily Item (Sumter, South Carolina) on February 5, 1953:

Lieutenant McFaddin Moise, USN, 30-year-old jet fighter pilot, died in the crash of his plane about noon yesterday at Patuxent, Md. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Moise of Sumter, having been born here November 7, 1922. Mechanical failure of the aircraft was blamed for the crash which occurred on a takeoff after the plane had reached about 200 feet.

Lieutenant Moise, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1945, served on a minesweeper in Japanese waters immediately after he was commissioned. He later was put in command of the vessel on its return voyage to the Naval Base at Charleston.

His next assignment was in underwater research in radar at the Underwater Research Laboratory at Yorktown, Va., and following this he asked for transfer to the Naval Air Force.

After training at Pensacola and Jacksonville, Fla. and Corpus Christi, Tex., he was assigned to duty with the Atlantic Fleet and was stationed at Chincoteague Naval Air Station, Va.

He was selected for jet training at Pensacola and then was assigned to the Naval Test Station at Patuxent. Married December 21, 1948 to Betty Garris of Andrews, he is survived by his wife and two children, McFaddin Jr., two and one half, and Mary Frances, eight months.

Other survivors include his parents, four brothers, F. M. Moise J. of Sumter, Robert B. Moise of Sumter and Bishopville, James D. Moise of Washington, D. C.. and Francis D. Moise of Sumter: and one sister, Mrs. William Harritt of Indianapolis, Ind. His maternal grandmother, Mrs. R. C. Blanding of Sumter, also survives.

He is buried in South Carolina.


From the obituary of his wife, Betty Anne:

Mrs. Turregano is survived by her children, McFaddin (Marilyn) Moise Jr. of Fort Myers, Mary (Charles) Hill of Ohio, Jack (Sheila) Turregano of Fort Myers, retired Lt. Col. Clemson (Susan) Turregano of North Carolina, and Betty Anne (Lt. Col. Thomas) Quinn of Germany; her grandchildren, McFaddin Moise III, Jonathan and David Moise, Charles Hill, Polly Williams, Sarah Harrington, Sydney and Peyton Turregano, John Morgan, Nathan Turregano, Andrew, Katherine and Aaron Quinn; and her great-grandchildren, Ethan Williams, Chapin Harrington, McFaddin Moise IV, McKenzie Moise, Christian, Grace, Joi Hill.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lt. McFaddin Moise in 1953; her husband, retired Lt. Col. John Turregano; her brother, Scenus Garris; and her sister, Mell Henry.


FROM: Mac Moise Jr.
DATE: Oct 5, 2010
SUBJ: Son of deceased pilot

I am McFaddin Moise Jr, sole surviving son of Navy Lt. McFaddin Moise. He was an AJ2 Savage test pilot who died on 2/4/1953 on take off.

I have very few details of this crash or of anyone who knew my Dad.

If there is anyone out there who knew Mac it would be great to hear the stories, sordid or otherwise.

Likewise every year all the "males" of the Moise Clan gather at the Moise Island in Charleston SC. All friends of the family are invited. Just contact me at

Thanks, McFaddin Moise Jr, father to McFaddin Moise III, Grandfather to McFaddin Moise IV


I am looking for information on my Grandfathers plane crash on February 4, 1953 of an AJ [Savage]. His name was Lt. McFaddin Moise [some records list him as "Hoise", but his name was Moise.] Also killed in the accident was AD2 James Vaughn. Mechanical trouble just after take-off was to blame. This occurred at the Naval Air Station - Patuxent, Maryland. There is a street named in his honor [Hoise Street - I am working to get the proper name on the street and also a Vaughn Street on the Naval Air Base - Not sure why they have his name wrong]. I see several people on here, including Chuck Emmitt who might have information or would have been there. Please feel free to reach out to me if anyone does. Charles Hill,

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