From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Mitchel Soltys '54

Date of birth: October 30, 1931

Date of death: July 12, 1967

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1954 Lucky Bag:


From the November 1967 issue of Shipmate.

From the November 1967 issue of Shipmate:

LCdr. Mitchel S. Soltys, USN, died 12 July in an aircraft accident at Sigonella, Sicily, while on a routine flight. He was a pilot serving with CVA-60 in USS SARATOGA. Requiem mass was offered at St. Aime's Catholic Church, Gulf Breeze, Fla., with interment in Bayview Memorial Park at Pensacola, Fla., with full military honors, on the 24th.

LCdr. Soltys was born in Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut for one year before entering the Naval Academy, from wherehewasgraduatedin1954.Hewasonthe Dean's List and was selected for Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Following completion of flight training in 1956 he was assigned to Guided Missile Group Two, Chincoteague, Va., where he flew the FJ-3. He was transferred to VF-62 at Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Fla., serving in USS ESSEX. In 1961 he received a degree in aeronautical engineering at the Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., then served in the Helicopter Division of the Bureau of Weapons, Navy Department.

In 1963 LCdr. Soltys attended the U. S. Safety School at the University of Southern California, then completed training in the Replacement Air Group at Key West, Fla., where he qualified as pilot of the F4B (Phantom). He reported to VF-102 at Oceana, Va., in October 1963, serving as maintenance officer. The squadron made the first around the world cruise aboard the nuclear carrier ENTERPRISE, and a second cruise in USS AMERICA. Following CIC School at Brunswick, Ga., he reported to SARATOGA for duty in the Mediterranean; the carrier made another Mediterranean cruise on 2 May with LCdr. Soltys serving as assistant CIC officer.

He is survived by his widow, the former Carolyn Louise Walker of Gulf Breeze, who is now living at 111 Shoreline Drive, P. O. Box 367, in that city; three children, Mitchel Stanley, II, 6; Caroline Suzanne, 4, and Russel Scott, 2; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Soltys, and a brother, Thaddeus J., of 9 Sunset Drive, Thompsonville. Conn.

The aircraft was a C-1A Trader; the crash occurred near Souda Bay, Greece. He is listed (with two others) on the In Memoriam page of the 1967 Saratoga cruise book.

He is buried in Florida.

(An earlier version of this page had a few errors; his daughter, Caroline, emailed corrections on May 18, 2017.)


Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) aircraft and their crews were a part of the ship's company at the time, not a detachment from a larger squadron as is currently the case.

Class of 1954

Mitchel is one of 37 members of the Class of 1954 on Virtual Memorial Hall.