STEPHEN J. ERICKSON, CAPT, USMC
Stephen Erickson '65
Date of birth: September 18, 1943
Date of death: June 22, 1971
From the 1965 Lucky Bag:
Steve was lost when his F-8K crashed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland on June 22, 1971. (Some information from class of 1965 president's email on November 4, 2017.) He was at the Naval Test Pilot School.
Steve has a memory marker at Arlington National Cemetery.
From researcher Kathy Franz:
Known as “Steve” at R. A. Long High School, he graduated in 1961. Activities: All-School Play 2; Boys’ Club Cabinet 1, 2, 3; Children’s Theater Play 2; Honor Society (top 10% of class) 1, 2, 3; Latin Club 2, 3; Masque and Dagger 2; Rifle Club 1, 2; Science Club 1, 2; Vice-President 3; Swimming 1, 3; Tennis 1, 2, 3; Thespians Vice-President 3.
After the Naval Academy, he entered the Marine Corps on June 9, 1965, and did pilot training at Pensacola. Subsequently, he spent 13 months in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. He was authorized to wear the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with four stars, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Stephen was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. His memorial services were held there on June 30. A Marine Corps detachment served as color bearers and ushers for the service. Another service was held earlier at the Naval Air Station Chapel at Patuxent River, Maryland.
Survivors were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Erickson, brother Dr. Tom Erickson, two sisters, Linda and Eileen (Mrs. Swanson.)