From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Wilfred McNeil, Jr. '43

Date of birth: October 8, 1920

Date of death: May 27, 1959

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


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).

Wilfred was survived by his wife, Patricia, and daughters Martha and Mary. (Information from August 1959 issue of Shipmate.) 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.

Class of 1943

Wilfred is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.