RICHARD S. PUGH, LT, USN
Richard Pugh '95
Date of birth: November 22, 1970
Date of death: August 9, 2001
From The San Diego Union-Tribune on August 18, 2001:
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Lt. Richard Stephen Pugh, 30, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, while conducting routine flight operations while assigned to Fighter Squadron Two on board the aircraft carrier USS Constellation. The F-14 Tomcat he was flying in was lost at sea in the northern Indian Ocean.
Lt. Pugh graduated from Temecula Valley High School in 1989, and graduated with distinction from Marion Military Institute in Marion, Ala., where he received an associate of arts degree in mathematics.
He received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and received a bachelor of science in ocean engineering and was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy on May 31, 1995.
He earned his "Wings of Gold" on Aug. 29, 1997. He received an Air Medal for Meritorious Service in aerial flight in support of Operation Southern Watch from August to October of 1999. He also received the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with "O," Battle "E," National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Rifle Ribbon and Pistol Ribbon.
Lt. Pugh is survived by his wife of six years, Jeanine May Bilderback Pugh of Washington Township, N.J.; daughter Ashley Elizabeth; mother and stepfather Vivian and Don Middlebrooks of Denton, Texas; father and stepmother Carl and Sandy Pugh of Temecula; brothers David and Larry Austin of Corinth, Texas, Tim Austin of Valley Center, Dale Huntington of Divide, Colo., and Kevin Huntington of Webster City, Iowa; sisters Sherri Austin of California, Julie Smyth and Cyndi Agan of Murrieta and Elizabeth Agan of Escondido; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Section C, SITE 22-O.