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William Stuver '77

Date of birth: August 23, 1954

Date of death: October 25, 1988

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1977 Lucky Bag:


From the AP News Archive, originally posted October 27, 1988:

GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) _ Two Marine Corps helicopters probably collided before each crashed, killing nine Marines and one Air Force officer while on a desert training mission, Marine officials said today. "We feel confident enough to say a midair collision was more than likely," said Gunnery Sgt. Hal Wheeler, a spokesman at the Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma.

Wheeler said the two helicopters that crashed Tuesday night - a Boeing CH- 46 and a Bell UH-1N - flew from the Yuma base but neither were actually stationed there. The CH-46 was from the Marine Corps Air Station in New River, N.C., and the UH-1N was from Camp Pendleton, Calif., he said.

Wheeler also said that, though spokesmen initially said four men were aboard the CH-46 and six aboard the UH-1N, there was uncertainty about the actual distribution of the men between the two aircraft. The crash site about 16 miles southeast of here, on the Goldwater Air Force Range, was in an area so rough that four-wheel-drive vehicles had trouble reaching it, said 1st Lt. Mary Baldwin, public affairs officer at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma.

The last body was not recovered until late Wednesday afternoon, said Baldwin. The men were participating in the final training exercise of a weapons-and-tactics instructors' training course taught twice a year at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, 125 miles southwest of the crash site. The course is an advanced program in battle tactics, including moving personnel from place to place, rescuing wounded and countering enemy weapons and aircraft.

The identify of one Marine killed Tuesday was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

But the Marine Corp Air Station in Yuma identified the others as Maj. William C. Walker III, 35, of Clinton, Mo.; Capt. Steven T. Andrews, 36, of Cincinnati; Capt. Herbert L. Heyl Jr., 33, of Middlesex, N.J.; Cpl. Henry J. Horvath, 24, of Beallsville, Ohio; Capt. Kenneth L. Royal, 28, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Cpl. Alan J. O'Neil, 20, Fort Atkinson, Wis.; Capt. William A. Stuver, 34, of Chicago; and Cpl. Donald L. Waid, no age or hometown available, stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Also killed was Air Force Capt. Timothy J. Kitt, no age or hometown available, a helicopter instructor stationed at Luke Air Force Base west of Phoenix.

William is interred at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery.


From the January/February 1989 issue of Shipmate:

Maj. William Allen Stuver USMC died on 25 October 1988 in an aircraft accident at Yuma, Arizona. His remains were cremated and are held at Saint Anne's Church, Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Country Club Hills, he entered the Academy in July 1973. Bill was a member of 25th company and was active in the Glee Club and Protestant Chapel Choir. Upon graduation in June of 1977, he reported to The Basic School and subsequently continued on to Pensacola for flight training. On 8 June 1979 he was promoted to first lieutenant and designated a Naval Aviator.

Having reported to 2D Marine Air Wing, Maj. Stover joined HMH-362 and later HMM-263. While with 263, he made several major deployments. Following the tour with HMM-263, he served with First Battalion Fourth Marines in Twenty-nine Palms, California. Again Maj. Stover returaed to 2DMAW and served with HMT-204 and was with HMM-264 at the Weapons and Tactics Course at the time of his death. He was promoted to his current rank posthumously.

He was active in the Boy Scouts and was himself an Eagle Scout. He is survived by his wife, Janice, and his children Christine and Adam. Memorial donations maybe made to the Naval Academy Class of 1977 Fund, c/o Alumni House, Annapolis, Md. 21402.

Class of 1977

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