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Murdoch McLeod '47

Date of birth: August 30, 1924

Date of death: April 29, 1965

Age: 40

Lucky Bag

From the 1947 Lucky Bag:


Dick was lost when the experimental Grumman YC-2A Greyhound he was flying lost both engines and crashed south of Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts, on 29 April 1965. The aircraft was flying out of Patuxent River NAS on an evaluation flight.

His body was recovered by a Coast Guard cutter on 1 May.

From the June-July 1965 issue of Shipmate:

From the June-July 1965 issue of Shipmate

Cdr. Murdoch M. McLeod, USN, was killed in an aircraft crash at sea in the vicinity of Montauk Point, Long Island, on 29 April. He was attached to the Flight Test Division at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md. The plane crashed after its pilot radioed that the experimental aircraft, a C-2A, had lost both engines. It was on loan to the Grumman Aircraft Corp., and was on evaluation flight.

A memorial service was held at the Naval Air Station Chapel on 5 May, with services at Ft. Myer Chapel on 7 May, followed by interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

Cdr. McLeod, a graduate of the Naval Academy in 1947, was a native of Minneapolis, Minn. He is survived by his widow, Jane S. McLeod, and eight children: John S., Sandra A., Judith A., Michael J., Donald C, Sarah S., Mark D., and Charles S.; his father, Mr. Donald C McLeod of Scottsdale, Ariz., and his mother, Mrs. Forrest W. Waltz of Hemet, Calif.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, next to his wife, Jane, who died in 2007.


In 1957 he was noted for his excellence in bombing from a A4D Skyhawk with Attack Squadron (VA) 34.

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Class of 1947

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