From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Steven Kapitan '76

Date of birth: April 8, 1954

Date of death: January 2, 1980

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1976 Lucky Bag:


Steven was lost when his F-4 collided with another over the Atlantic Ocean on the night of January 2, 1980. He served with MAG-31 "Shamrocks" and was based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Three other officers were lost in the collision. Both aircraft belonged to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 333.

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Steven graduated in 1972 from Griffith High School, Indiana. Football (quarterback) 2-4, captain 4; Basketball 2; Track 2-4; Lettermen 3, 4, secretary 4; Student Council 2; Honor Society 3, 4; Boys State.

In the All-School Science Exhibit in May 1972, Steven won second place in the Senior High School division for “Heterogeneous Phase Equilibria.”

He married Kathleen Ester Smith on June 19, 1976.

The Times had previously reported on December 3, 1978 that Steven was designated a Naval Flight Officer after completing the Radar Intercept Officer Course in Pensacola, Florida.

From The Times (Munster, Indiana), on January 8, 1980:

Steven A. Kapitan, age 25, of Griffith, was officially declared dead, January 2, 1980. He was a crew member of an F-4 Phantom which failed to return from a mission over the Atlantic Ocean. Survivors: wife, Kathleen, of Beaufort, South Carolina; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Kapitan of Griffith; two brothers, Robert Kapitan at Kansas State University, and David Kapitan, who lives at home In Griffith.

Memorial services will be held at the Marine Corp Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina, Tuesday, January 8, 3 p.m. He was a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps; a naval flight officer; a 1972 graduate of Griffith High School; and a 1976 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

He has a memory marker in Florida.


All photographs from his high school yearbook.

Class of 1976

Steven is one of 11 members of the Class of 1976 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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