ROY W. BRUNER, JR., LTJG, USN
Roy Bruner, Jr. '56
Date of birth: November 5, 1931
Date of death: December 9, 1957
Roy William Bruner, Jr. was admitted to the Naval Academy from Montana on July 1, 1952 at age 20 years 8 months.
From The News-Reunion of Roseburg, OR, on December 10, 1957:
CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. in The names of nine men killed when a Navy seaplane plunged to the ground in flames soon after taking off here Monday were released by the Navy Monday night. An engine exploded and blew one of the plane's wings off. One man parachuted to safety. He was Storekeeper L. C. Sam Griffin and he was badly burned.
The dead: Lt. Cmdr. James N Scofield, 40, pilot, Coronado, Calif.; Lt. (jg) Howard B. Uickerson, 23, copilot, Arlington, Va.; Lt. (jg) Roy W. Bruner Jr., 26, naviator, Silver Springs, Md.; John J. Lanna, 41, aviation machinist's mate, Chula Vista, Calif.; Paul Faircloth, 27, aviation electronics mate, Jacksonville, Fla.; Karl B. Dumler, 38, chief aviation metalsmith, Imperial Beach. Calif.; Richard K. Kiermaier, 24, aviation metalsmith, San Diego, Calif.; Daniel S. Kwas, 19, aviation electrician's mate, Detroit; and Carl P. Renn, aviation machinists mate (home town unavailable).
The body of the ninth victim was found after darkness Monday night.
The ship was from Patrol Squadron 48 based at San Diego, Calif. It was en route to Baltimore, Md., and stopped at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station to refuel. It took off and started trailing smoke.
From an email on December 4, 2017 from a Class of '56 representative:
Death reported in Shipmate class column, Feb. 1958, page 40, Bruner spent one and one-half years at the Academy, 22nd Company, then went to Navy flight training and was commissioned July ’56. His brother John Willis Bruner, USNA ’48, is now deceased, according to Alumni Association records.