From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Randy Mikal '74

Date of birth: August 13, 1952

Date of death: November 2, 1978

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1974 Lucky Bag:


1970 Graduate of York Community HS, Elmhurst, Illinois. All State Football. Randy's teammates continue to present (32 years running) a scholarship to a selected varsity football player in his honor.

From The Day, New London, Connecticut on November 4, 1978

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A U.S. Navy antisubmarine jet warplane crashed into a mountain near the Subic naval base and all four crewmen were killed, a Navy spokesman reported Saturday.

He identified the victims as the pilot, Lt. Cmdr. George W. Kelly of Coronado, Calif., and Lt. William D. Blanton, Lt. Randy A Mikal and Petty Officer 3rd Class James C. Mentink, all of San Diego, Calif. Brandon was the co-pilot, Mikal a tactical coordinator, and Mentink an aviation antisubmarine warfare operator.

The spokesman said the Lockheed S-3A Viking crashed Thursday night on Mount Slanging, two miles southwest of the Cubi Point Naval Air Station, which is part of the U.S. Navy facility at Subic. The twin-engined submarine-hunter had taken off from the Cubi airfield seven minutes before on a training flight, the spokesman said.

He reported it took Filipino and American rescue teams more than 9 hours to reach the crash site. Cubi is 50 miles northwest of Manila.

The four men were attached to an antisubmarine squadron aboard the carrier Constellation, which has San Diego as its homeport.

Randy played Left Guard for the Navy football team.

Randy is buried in Elmhurst, Illinois. The Class of 1974 column in the January-February 1979 issue of Shipmate mentioned his loss and said "He was a fine guy and a friend to us all. Our deepest sympathy Robin."

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William Blanton, Jr. '72 was also lost in this crash.

Class of 1974

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