WILFRED J. MCNEIL, JR., CDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: 1920
Date of death: May 27, 1959
Age: ~38

Lucky Bag

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From the 1943 Lucky Bag:

WILFRED JAMES McNEIL, JR.

Washington, D.C.

Here was a busy little man. Even when there was nothing to do Mac could usually find something to do to keep him occupied. The shortest man in his class included on his yearly calendar of important activities the Boat Club and the Rifle team. Out of their season he managed to get in quite a bit of recreational sailing, as well as spending some time adding to his classical record collection. Mac was a firm believer in efficiency, and this was always exemplified in his mania for order and neatness. This desirable characteristic of orderliness will prove a valuable aid in his future work.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

From A-4 Skyhawk:

During the squadron's [Attack Squadron (VA) 66] deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, the commanding officer, Commander Wilfred James McNeil, was killed in A4D-2 BuNo 142776 accident during a practice Carrier Controlled Approach.

The carrier was USS Intrepid (CV 11).

He has a memorial marker on his parents' and brother's gravestone in Arlington National Cemetery.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Commander Wilfred J. McNeil, Jr., United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE (VF-153), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 20 April 1953.

General Orders: All Hands (August 1954)
Action Date: April 20, 1953
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Fighter Squadron 153 (VF-153)

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William Manby, Jr. ’43 was also lost while serving as commanding officer of Attack Squadron (VA) 66.


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Class of 1943
Wilfred is one of 77 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.
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