From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Michael Martin '71

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: October 13, 1979

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1971 Lucky Bag:


USNA '71 lists Mike as an operational loss on October 13, 1979. This date corresponds with a crash of a Navy RF-8G Crusader from Light Photographic Squadron (VFP) 63 that was operating from USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). It appears that at least part of the entry — that it was operating from CV 63 — is incorrect. There is no mention of the loss in the 1979-1980 cruise book or a news article on other Navy crashes aboard the ship and around the world. Another 1979 cruise book, from USS Ranger (CV 61), also doesn't list Mike. F-8 Crusader In Memoriam, however, does list Mike (in "1980?"), so suspect he was lost in a crash of the RF-8G listed above. This site — in French — confirms the date, confirms VFP-63, and indicates the crash was in San Francisco Bay. The caption of this picture of the exact RF-8G lost also confirms the date, and gives additional information (pre-deployment workups with VFP-63 Det 2 and USS Coral Sea (CV 43)).

Class of 1971

Michael is one of 14 members of the Class of 1971 in Memorial Hall.