PHILLIP L. REED, CDR, USN

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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:

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PHILLIP LANCE REED

Rootstown, Ohio

Phil entered the Naval Academy direct from Rootstown High School in Ohio. During his four years at the Academy, Penguin, not to be bothered by academics, was very active in extracurricular activities. The Brigade Hop Committee, the Ring Dance Committee, the Lucky Bag Staff, the Sailing Squadron, and Cheerleaders were all graced by Penguin's presence and pleased with his easy ways and winning smile. While not participating in one of these activities Penguin could either be found checking his eye-lids for light leaks or playing at squash with one of his aging roommates. The games were notoriously funny in that the ball got progressively colder as the heat of the game soared. Penguin's success in squash was only surpassed by his success in blind dating. Even though he lost a game or two, the game he won was definitely his best.

1965 Reed LB.jpg

PHILLIP LANCE REED

Rootstown, Ohio

Phil entered the Naval Academy direct from Rootstown High School in Ohio. During his four years at the Academy, Penguin, not to be bothered by academics, was very active in extracurricular activities. The Brigade Hop Committee, the Ring Dance Committee, the Lucky Bag Staff, the Sailing Squadron, and Cheerleaders were all graced by Penguin's presence and pleased with his easy ways and winning smile. While not participating in one of these activities Penguin could either be found checking his eye-lids for light leaks or playing at squash with one of his aging roommates. The games were notoriously funny in that the ball got progressively colder as the heat of the game soared. Penguin's success in squash was only surpassed by his success in blind dating. Even though he lost a game or two, the game he won was definitely his best.

Loss

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.

Shipmate

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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