From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Murdoch McLeod '47

Date of birth: August 30, 1924

Date of death: April 29, 1965

Age: 40

Lucky Bag

From the 1947 Lucky Bag:


Dick was lost when the experimental Grumman YC-2A Greyhound he was flying lost both engines and crashed south of Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts, on 29 April 1965. The aircraft was flying out of Patuxent River NAS on an evaluation flight.

His body was recovered by a Coast Guard cutter on 1 May. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, next to his wife, Jane, who died in 2007. He had eight children.


In 1957 he was noted for his excellence in bombing from a A4D Skyhawk with Attack Squadron (VA) 34.

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Class of 1947

Murdoch is one of 27 members of the Class of 1947 in Memorial Hall.