From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Michael Thompson '83

Date of birth: November 25, 1961

Date of death: October 22, 1986

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1983 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

LTjg Michael P. Thompson, USN graduated from the US Naval Academy Class of 1983. Mike was killed in a mid-air collision between two T-2B aircraft over Florida during a training mission. The other pilot and the two students survived without injury. He was an instructor pilot assigned to the VT-10 Cosmic Cats.

From the June 1987 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Michael P . Thompson USN died 22 October 1986 near Pensacola, Florida, as result of an aircraft accident that occurred during normal operations. Services took place at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Quincy, Illinois, and burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

Born in Quincy, a son of J. Timothy and Mary Alice Cribb Thompson, he attended St. Peter's Grade School and Monroe School. A 1979 graduate of Quincy High School, he was appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of Illinois and was graduated with the Class of 1983.

Survivors include his parents; two brothers, Thomas Wayne of St. Louis, Mo. and Timothy Christopher of Quincy; two sisters, Mrs. Richard (Theresa Kathleen) Freihofer of Dallas, Texas, and Mrs. David (Michele Marie) Panicucci of Cedar Falls, Iowa; a grandmother, Mrs. Ruby Thompson of Yucaipa, Calif., and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be given to Blessing Foundation, Blessing Hospital, Quincy, Illinois.


From Find A Grave:

TBird & I were instructors together in VT-10. He was kind, and a great instructor. He really enjoyed flying & was looking forward to his orders to the fleet. The sky was colder & grayer after he was gone. Bob, July 27, 2015

Other Information

From the Quincy High School yearbook:

Boy’s Swimming 1, 2, 3; Intramurals 1, 2, 3, 4; Water Polo 3; German Club 1, 2, 3, president 2, 3; Exchange Student 4; Student Council 1, 2; Junior Class Council 3; Senior Class Council 4; Beauty and Beast Committee 2, president 2; National Honor Society 3, 4, president 4; Sophomore Scholarship 2.


Class of 1983

Michael is one of 9 members of the Class of 1983 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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