THOMAS P. LANGE, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Lange '67

Date of birth: July 1, 1945

Date of death: August 7, 1970

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1967 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From the November 1970 issue of Shipmate.

From the November 1970 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Thomas Paul Lange, USN, died as the result of an aircraft accident while on a training flight at NAS North Island, Ca., on 7 August.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1967. His first orders were to the USS LOFBERG and, while aboard her, he deployed to Vietnam. After returning to the United States he entered flight training at Pensacola and completed Advanced Jet Training in June 1970.

At the time of Lt. Lange's accident he was a student at VS-41, North Island, preparing to deploy to VAL-4, home based in Binh Thuy, Vietnam.

He is survived by his widow, Wendy Dombroflf Lange, 1482 San Altos Place, Lemon Grove, CA 92045 and his parents.

Tom was piloting a OV-1 Bronco crashed while practicing touch-and-goes at NAS North Island, CA. He was the student pilot; the instructor was also killed. (Link has an extensive account by eyewitnesses.)


Class of 1967

Thomas is one of 34 members of the Class of 1967 on Virtual Memorial Hall.