From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Melvin Buflod '76

Date of birth: June 12, 1954

Date of death: May 5, 1983

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1976 Lucky Bag:


Melvin was an instructor in a T-34C that collided with another plane on May 5, 1983. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

From the September 1983 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Melvin Ray Buflod USN was killed in an aircraft accident near Foley, Alabama, on 5 May 1983. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on 12 May at the Fort Myer Chapel with interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

A native of Miles City, Montana, he was graduated from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1976, whereupon he began flight training and was designated naval aviator in December of 1977. He later served for three years with Patrol Squadron NINE before being transferred to Training Squadron TWO at NAS Whiting Field. He was serving as a flight instructor in the T-34-C at the time of the accident.

He is survived by his widow Cheryl; his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Buflod of Miles City; and a son.

Class of 1976

Melvin is one of 11 members of the Class of 1976 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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