MICHAEL D. L. MORGAN, CAPT, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Michael Morgan '67

Date of birth: December 7, 1943

Date of death: November 2, 1973

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1967 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Mike was killed when the ejection seat in a F-4J Phantom II inadvertently fired while he was exiting the aircraft at MCAS El Toro, CA on November 2, 1973.

He is buried in California.

Memorial

From The Capital Gazette on November 11, 2017:

Capt. Michael D.L. Morgan graduated from the Naval Academy 50 years ago in 1967.

He died in El Toro, California, in 1973 when the ejection seat of a F-4J Phantom II inadvertently fired as he was exiting the aircraft. He left behind his wife, Carol, and three daughters, a 7-month-old, a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old.

Last year, his wife stood on the field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium during a home football game with other families of fallen Naval Academy graduates, as part of the Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation’s Honor Our Fallen Heroes weekend.

The crowd stood and cheered for her, and for other families whose academy graduates died while on active duty.

Now Carol Morgan Bishop, she was overwhelmed.

“It was like something I had been waiting for for years since he died. And it finally was happening. Somebody was recognizing that we had suffered a great loss,” she said.


Class of 1967

Michael is one of 34 members of the Class of 1967 in Memorial Hall.