From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Roy Bruner, Jr. '56

Date of birth: November 5, 1931

Date of death: December 9, 1957

Age: 26

Naval Academy Register

Roy William Bruner, Jr. was admitted to the Naval Academy from Montana on July 1, 1952 at age 20 years 8 months.

He resigned on February 4, 1954 with the note "Deficient in studies and discharged under honorable conditions."

Lucky Bag

The 1956 Lucky Bag lists Roy under the title "Those We Left Behind." He is not listed on the USNA '56 list of obituaries.


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.

Class of 1956

Roy is one of 26 members of the Class of 1956 on Virtual Memorial Hall.