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David Lumsden '69

Date of birth: September 12, 1947

Date of death: November 20, 1974

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1969 Lucky Bag:


From the March 1975 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. David Michael Lumsden, USN, died 20 November in the crash of his A-6 jet during night landing practice off Whidbey Island, Washington. Funeral services were held at the Naval Academy Chapel. Interment was in Arlington National Cemetery.

Lt. Lumsden was a graduate of Encinal High in Alameda, California. Following graduation from the Naval Academy in 1969, he served in the USS Eversole off Vietnam. After returning to the United States, Lt. Lumsden enrolled in flight training and received his wings in 1971 at Pensacola. He was then assigned to Glynco, Georgia. While there, he received his MA in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. He was transferred to VA95, stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, last June.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Lumsden, 809 Stonehouse Drive, Berrywood, Severna Park MD 21146; and a brother, Stephen.

Contributions may be made to the USNA Chapel Memorial Fund in Lt Lumsden's name.

In the Class of 1969 column:

I must sadly report the loss of a classmate. Lt Dave Lumsden USN was killed 20 November while engaged in FCLP at NAS Whidbey Island. Recently reporting aboard VA-95, Dave had just completed A-6 training with VA-128. Dave and I shared many Aero notes as mids and I know the Navy has suffered by his loss. Malcolm Fortson and Rick Kirkland served as honorary pallbearers at burial services in Arlington. The entire class extends its sympathy to Dave's parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Lumsden of Severna Park, MD.


From The Capital (Annapolis) on November 22, 1974:

Severna Park pilot dies in Navy jet crash'

A Navy pilot from Severna Park was killed Wednesday when his jet crashed during night landing practice near the Puget Sound, Wash. Lt David M. Lumsden, 27, was piloting a Grumman Intruder jet for the first time in a new squadron stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station when the accident occurred. A second officer, Cmdr. Sheldon Hurbitz is missing following the crash, and is presumed dead. According to a Navy officer, Lumsden had just joined the VA-95 squadron on Wednesday after having been retrained to pilot the Grumman jet at a training squadron on the base. On Wednesday night be borrowed some flight gear and began practicing landings with Cmdr. Hurbitz.

(There is more to the story, but the optical character recognition breaks down quickly.)

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Class of 1969

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