STEVEN A. KAPITAN, 1LT, USMC
Steven Kapitan '76
Date of birth: April 8, 1954
Date of death: January 2, 1980
From the 1976 Lucky Bag:
From 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.
He has a memory marker in 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 Corp; a naval flight officer; a 1972 graduate of Griffith High School; and a 1976 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.
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.