From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Michael Wilson '81

Date of birth: September 11, 1958

Date of death: May 22, 1986

Age: 27

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From the Daily Press, Michael was lost when his A-6E crashed shortly after takeoff from Oceana Naval Air Station on May 22, 1986. The pilot, LT James Hoban, was also killed, as was a pregnant woman on the ground.

From the July/August 1986 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Michael F. Wilson USN died on 22 May 1986 in an aircraft accident at the Naval Air Station, Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va. Memorial services were held on 27 May at the Air Station Chapel, Oceana.

Born in Arizona, he received a Secretary of the Navy appointment to the Naval Academy and was graduated with the class of 1981. While at the Academy, he was Captain of the Varsity Soccer Team during Second and First Class years.

Following graduation, Lieutenant Wilson entered flight training and became a Naval Flight Officer. He was a navigator/bombadier flying A6E Intruder aircraft with Attack Squadron 65 at NAS Oceana. He completed a Mediterranean deployment aboard the carrier Eisenhower.

His decorations included the Navy Unit Commendation, the Battle E and Sea Service ribbons, and the Expert Pistol Medal. He was a life member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association.

Lieutenant Wilson is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson Jr., of 19 Hiawatha Trail, Medford Lakes, N.J. 08055.


The US Naval Academy men's soccer team awards the Lt. Michael F. Wilson Soccer Award to the player who best demonstrates the strongest will to win and desire to do the best for his team.

Class of 1981

Michael is one of 14 members of the Class of 1981 on Virtual Memorial Hall.