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David Trundy '78

Date of birth: November 4, 1955

Date of death: September 18, 1981

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1978 Lucky Bag:


From The Charlotte Observer on September 23, 1981:

(Marine spokesman) Bratten said the men's helicopter left on a night training mission from Bogue Field near Swansboro. On the way to the Cherry Point base the aircraft, which was flying with three other helicopters, turned away from the flight formation and disappeared from view....

"We have no idea what caused the crash," Bratten said. "Nothing we've found so far gives us any clue to why it went down."

David is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

After high school, he enlisted in the Air Force and his father administered the oath to him.

In June 1980 in Pensacola, David was a sword bearer along with Lts. Curt Perry and Greg Bauer at Ensign Leslie Elizabeth Haynes' wedding to Lt. j. g. Scott Matthew Provow. Lt. j.g. Jeffrey Carpenter was the best man. Groomsmen were Lt. j.g. Gene Miller, and Lts. Paul Leutheuser, John Seaberg, and Duane Marlowe.

In November, he and his wife Kimberley reported to New River Marine Corps Air Station, New River, Jacksonville, N.C.

From USNA '78:

First Lieutenant David Richard Trundy USMC was killed in an AH-1T (Cobra) crash near Cherry Point, North Carolina, on 18 September 1981.

Appointed to Naval Academy after attending the Air Force Academy Prep School, Dave was assigned to the 26th Company. He was an active member of the Officers Christian Fellowship, which is where he met his future wife, Kim Clover. He was selected as the 2nd Set Brigade Commander and received the Class of 1897 award and a Marine Corps commission upon graduation. After attending Basic School in Quantico, he reported to flight school and selected helicopter training. He received his wings on 18 July 1980 and was selected to the AH-1T Cobra, reporting aboard HMA-269 in September 1980. The accident occurred while returning from a night ordnance mission.

He is survived by his wife Kim...; a daughter Beth; and his parents BGen. (USMC) and Mrs. Richard T. Trundy.

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Class of 1978

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