From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Terry Vial '68

Date of birth: September 5, 1946

Date of death: May 7, 1969

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1968 Lucky Bag:


Terry was lost when his T-28C training aircraft crashed on approach to an aircraft carrier on May 7, 1969. From an email from Lee Richardson '68 on June 8, 2017:

In May, 1969, I was going through car-qual training with VT-5 based at Saufley Field. As it happened, Terry was in the class ahead of me in VT-5 and we were flying the T-28C. During one of our classroom training sessions, the CO of VT-5 came in and told us in detail what happened to Terry. His was the last event of the day and he was tail-end Charlie. They were running out of day light and the people running the show told Terry to expedite his final trap. He fell victim to an approach turn stall. I do not believe they recovered his body or the plane. The attached article says he died Wednesday which would make it May 7. Sadly, his fiancé was in Pensacola and they were to be married the next week.

He has a memory marker in Pennsylvania.

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Class of 1968

Terry is one of 29 members of the Class of 1968 on Virtual Memorial Hall.