RICHARD C. HORMEL, LTJG, USN
Richard Hormel '71
Date of birth: August 4, 1947
Date of death: February 12, 1975
From the 1971 Lucky Bag:
Richard was lost while on a routine flight training mission from the Naval Air Station at Lemoore, California.
From the July-August 1975 issue of Shipmate:
Lt.(jg) Richard Charles Hormel USN died on 12 February 1975 in the crash of his A-7E Corsair near Lone Pine, California. He was attached to Attack Squadron 122 of the Naval Air Station, Lemoore, California, at the time.
Lt.jg) Hormel entered the Naval Academy with an appointment from the naval reserve and was graduated with the Class of 1971. While at the Academy he was quarterback of the 150 pound football team which won two championships and was named All-Conference player these two years. He entered flight training after graduation and was designated a naval aviator in 1973.
Interment was in Flagler Memorial Cemetery, Miami, Florida, Lt.(jg) Michael S. Bluestein USN, his roommate at the Academy, escorting the body to the family plot.
Lt(jg) Hormel is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Hormel, of Chevy Chase MD.
From researcher Kathy Franz:
Richard was awarded Miami’s Prep Player of the Week on December 12, 1965. The next day's Miami Herald:
The 150-pound senior, overshadowed early season basketball efforts with his four touchdown passes in the Stingarees’ 44-12 state championship victory over Melbourne. Hormel also scored once on a three-yard run.
The game capped a surprising season for Hormel, who changed the recent image of Miami High quarterbacks with his passing proficiency. Hormel’s 10-for-21 performance against Melbourne and 237 yards was his best passing total of the season. Over-all, he threw for 863 yards in the regular season and 260 in two playoff games while quarterbacking Miami High’s first perfect season (12-0) in 22 years and its first state title in a post-season playoff.
(The game was played in the Orange Bowl.)
In an earlier news article, his coach Bobby Carlton said, “Richard’s sidearm style is unorthodox, he seems to draw from the hip. But with him it comes naturally. We have been trying to teach him to step back and throw with a smooth motion. But now, two years and 11 games later, I’m beginning to think our coaching has nullified his natural talent.”
In April 1966, Richard participated in “Bundle Day” which collected clothing from high school students to be sent to needy Appalachian families as the main project of the Save the Children Federation. (see photos)
He graduated from Miami High School in 1966. H.R. Pres. 2, Student Council Rep. 3, 4; Interact 2, 3, Vice-Pres. 4; B-Squad Football 2, B-Squad Basketball 2, Varsity Basketball 3; Varsity Football 3, 4; Boy’s State Rep. 3; Student Council Cabinet 3, 4; Interclub Council 4; Hall of Fame 4.
The Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Florida) on June 30, 1966, reported Richard witnessing to Jesus Christ before some 200 St. Petersburg youngsters at the Truth for Youth Ranch.
Richard is buried in Miami Memorial Park Cemetery.