From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ronald Carpenter '68

Date of birth: December 9, 1945

Date of death: January 11, 1969

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1968 Lucky Bag:


From Captain Gordon Peterson, USN (Ret.), Class of 1968 Corresponding Secretary, on May 29, 2018:

Ensign Ronald F. Carpenter, USN, died 11 January 1969 as the result of an aircraft crash near the Naval Air Station at Meridian, Miss. A member of Training Squadron Seven, he was making his final solo flight when the crash occurred. After memorial services at Pensacola, services were held at the First Methodist Church in Forest City, N.C., with interment in Sunset Memorial Park in Rutherford County, with military honors.

Ens. Carpenter was born in Cool Springs, N.C., attended East High School in North Carolina, and was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968. In July he commenced flight training at Pensacola and was sent to Meridian for advanced training.

Survivors include his parents Mr. and Mrs. John F. Carpenter, PO Box 239, Forest City, NC 28043; two sisters Mrs. Kenneth Tisdale of Shelby, N.C., and Mary Beth of the home; his paternal grandmother Mrs. Rufus Carpenter of Forest City, and his maternal grandmother Mrs. C.H. Lavender of Bostic, N.C.

Ronald is buried in North Carolina.

Class of 1968

Ronald is one of 29 members of the Class of 1968 on Virtual Memorial Hall.