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Phillip Reed '65

Date of birth: March 27, 1943

Date of death: November 17, 1981

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1965 Lucky Bag:


Phillip was lost when his S-3A crashed short of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on November 17, 1981 approximately 70 miles northwest of Sicily. He was the Commanding Officer of Air Anti-Submarine Squadron (VS) 24.

He has a memory marker in Tennessee.


From the January-February 1982 issue of Shipmate:

Cdr. Philip Lance Reed USN was lost at sea on 17 November 1981 when the S-3A Viking in which he was making a routine flight from the carrier Nimitz plunged into the Mediterranean Sea about a mile from the ship and some seventy miles northwest of Sicily. Two other Naval Academy graduates, Lt. Douglas C. Deem USN '76 and Lt. (jg) Carey A. Arthur USN '79 were also killed as well as P03 Charles M. Wade USN. Memorial services for Cdr. Reed were held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Jacksonville. Florida, on 20 November, and at Cecil Field on 23 November.

Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of Ohio, he was graduated with the Class of 1965 and later took flight training, receiving his wings in 1967. Among his duty stations was the Antisubmarine Squadron 35 at North Island. California, and assignment at the Academy where he served 1970-72 as assistant director of resources. He also had served on the recovery team for the Apollo 11 space flight, aboard HORNET and he had received a master's degree from the naval postgraduate school in Monterey. At the time of his death, he was in command of an anti-submarine squadron aboard NIMITZ.

He is survived by his widow, Linda King, of Orange Park; two daughters, and the daughter of a previous marriage; and his parents of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Douglas Deem '76 and Carey Arthur '79 were also killed in this crash.

Class of 1965

Philip is one of 23 members of the Class of 1965 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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