Class of 1991

In Memoriam

 

James Richard Sinley Jr.

Deceased: 12/25/2016

USNA Company: 2




Carl David Flores

Deceased: 4/20/2015

USNA Company: 35




Class of 1991

Kristen Tomford Waller

Deceased: 1/18/2014

USNA Company: 12

Kristen Tomford Waller. Daughter of Rick Tomford. Passed away the night of January 18th surrounded by family and friends following a brief, harrowing, and valiant battle with ovarian cancer. Born in Rockville Center, NY on July 23rd, 1969, she was raised in northern Virginia. It was in these years that she excelled as a gifted athlete and student. Kristen graduated from the United States Naval Academy as a member of the Class of 1991, where she captained the women's basketball team. Kristen served seven years in the US Navy attaining the rank of Lieutenant. Following her military service, she went to work for Verizon and rose to the rank of executive director before her passing. Kristen lived life to the fullest. She traveled the world seeking adventure, whether it was sky diving, zip-lining, or bungee jumping. She ran several marathons in places as distant as Dublin and Alaska. Always looking for a challenge, she completed a Half Iron Man Triathlon in 2012. She loved to watch all sports especially the Midshipman of Navy. The Army-Navy football game was always a yearly highlight, where she was able to meet classmates from the Academy. She loved college wrestling and went to the NCAA Wrestling Championships with her father, uncles Rob and Ron, as well as her beloved cousin Bret nearly every March. Kristen will be missed and mourned by many co-workers and friends, all of whom adored her. She leaves behind her father Rick Tomford and his wife Ruth of Avon, CT, her step-brother LT. Brian Lefler (currently serving on the USS New Mexico), her brother Scott Tomford of Brooklyn, NY, her sister Lauren Sanderson and her husband Austin and their daughter Kendall of Westminster, MA, and her sister Dana Tomford of Avon, CT. She also leaves behind her uncle Dr. Robert Tomford (wife Cathy Benedict), who provided her with expert medical guidance and encouragement throughout her illness, her uncle Ron Tomford (wife Nancy) and her cousins Bret, Megan and Michael. Her best friend, Melissa Magos of Oxnard, CA was by her side nursing, encouraging and comforting Kristen during her entire illness. Kristen's family will be forever grateful for Melissa's faithfulness to Kristen in her time of need. Kristen also leaves behind her cherished boxer dog, Roxy, whom she admiringly rescued years ago. Kristen inspired everyone she knew to enjoy life, to be fair, work hard, and persevere even in the face of adversity. She was the rare breed of person that you will always remember, no matter how briefly you interacted with her. At Kristen's request, there will be no funeral or memorial services, and her ashes will be spread to Glacier Bay, Alaska and Queenstown, New Zealand by her father. Visit www.nardolillo.com for online condolences. Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 22, 2014


Class of 1991

Robert Charles Taylor

Deceased: 12/26/2013

USNA Company: 17

Rob was born in CA in 1966, moved to Windsor in 1973, graduated from Windsor High School in 1984 then enlisted in the Marine Corps. He went to the Naval Academy, West Point, Army Airborne and Navy SCUBA diver, then, Naval Flight Officer\'s school. Following his winging, he selected F/A-18D\'s, did two deployments and became an Instructor and completed Top Gun (Advisory). He graduated from Annapolis in 1991 and became a Weapons Systems Officer. He logged 1500 jet hours, 500 of which were wartime hours. He flew in the Afghanistan War and was deployed twice in the Iraq War. He passed away in Mountain View, CA on December 26, 2013. He is survived by his mother, Marcey (Taylor) Blanco of Loveland; his father, Bob Taylor of Littleton; his sister, Leslie Simpson of Conifer; his sister, Nicole Brunet of Pensacola, FL and his two children, Redmayne and Dagen of Milford, CT. Services will be at Ft. Logan Cemetery in Denver, CO on June 13 at Noon. Please sign the online guestbook at Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary\'s website at www.cuimanocolonial.com

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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Jan. 26, 2014


Stephen Francis Murphy

Deceased: 11/4/2013

USNA Company: 19

We will be holding a memorial service to honor Steve at the United States Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, MD on Friday, December 13th at 10:30am. A reception to follow is intended but the details are not arranged yet. The service is open to all who wish to attend.

\nSteve specifically chose two organizations very close to his heart as recipients of any donations that may want to be made in his memory.

\nA fund in Steve’s honor has been created to help the mission of Camp Kesem, a national organization that provides supportive and joyful summer camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer. Madeleine attended the camp run by Johns Hopkins University last summer and had a wonderful experience. There’s a webpage set up in Steve’s memory: https://campkesem.givebig.org/c/CK13/a/campkesem-johnhopkins/p/StephenMurphy

\nOr, donations can be sent by check to: Camp Kesem, PO Box 1113, Lafayette, CA 94549. Please indicate that the donation is in Stephen F. Murphy’s memory, specifically for the chapter run by Johns Hopkins University.

\nWe are also honoring Steve by supporting Warrior Canine Connection, a service dog organization with a unique approach. Military service members and veterans with combat stress and PTSD participate in the process of training service dogs for fellow wounded warriors. Our family has been volunteering and supporting WCC for several years and have found it to be incredibly meaningful. Donations can be sent by check, labeled in memory of Stephen F. Murphy, to: Warrior Canine Connection TM, 23222 Georgia Avenue, Brookeville, MD 20833.

\nOr, donations are accepted online at: http://www.warriorcanineconnection.org/. There is a section on the donation page where the donor can designate it in memory of an individual.

\nOnce again, thank you for the outpouring of love and support that has surrounded our family.



Lawrence L Giangulio

Deceased: 7/20/2013

USNA Company:




Donald Allan Turner

Deceased: 4/3/2013

USNA Company: 15

Donald A. Turner died Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH after a brief illness. Don was born in San Jose, Calif, on July 22, 1969 and grew up in Rochester, New Hampshire.

\nDon graduated with the Class of 1991 and was a member of the 15th Company. After graduation, Don became a naval aviator with 1500 flying hours first pilot time in single and multi engines, before moving on to the P3 Orion. He served his country with three operational (combat) tours. He was Admiral staff member to Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic (1992); was military liaison for DOD Operation Southern Watch, a Joint Task Force with the mission of monitoring and controlling airspace south of the 32d parallel; a flight school instructor (ground school) for Aerodynamics ; taught student pilots from different branches of service including international students from Italy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Master Training Specialist (Naval Aviation Schools Command).  Don retired from the Navy after 11 years. He spoke French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese and Arabic and was currently enrolled in UNH working toward his MBA.

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Don is survived by his parents, Patricia Turner Dupuis of Strafford, NH and Alan Harris of California. Services with military honors were held in the chapel of the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.

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Permalink to the full Obituary can be found here.

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From the Berlin Daily Sun:

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Strafford-Donald Allan Turner died Tuesday April 2, 2013 at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH after a brief illness. Born in San Jose, Calif, on July 22, 1969 and lived in Rochester, NH prior to attending the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. He is the son of Patricia Turner Dupuis of Strafford and Alan Harris of California.
\nAfter graduation from Annapolis, Don became a naval aviator with 1500 flying hours first pilot time in single and multi engines, before moving on to the P3 Orion. He served his country with three operational (combat) tours. He was Admiral staff member to Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic (1992); was military liaison for DOD Operation Southern Watch, a Joint Task Force with the mission of monitoring and controlling airspace south of the 32d parallel; a flight school instructor (ground school) for Aerodynamics ; taught student pilots from different branches of service including international students from Italy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Master Training Specialist ( Naval Aviation Schools Command).
\nHe spoke French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese and Arabic and was currently enrolled in UNH working toward his MBA.
\nRetired from the Navy after 11 years, he was the recipient of Meritorious Unit Commendation, Southwest Asia service medal(2),Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, National Defense service medal, Navy Marksmanship Rifleman Ribbon, Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.
\nHe loved his family and his country and tried to help others whenever he could. Members of the family include his much loved stepfather Donald Dupuis, uncles Donald F. Turner and Frederick A. Turner both of Rochester, stepbrothers Matthew Dupuis and his wife Liz of Concord, Mark Dupuis and his wife Lindsey of Weare, Tim Dupuis and his wife Sarah of Concord, half brother Sean Harris of Ohio, half sister Valerie Honeycutt of N. Carolina, niece Aubrey Dupuis of Weare, many cousins, and Timone his beloved dog.
\nServices with military honors will be held at 3:00pm on Monday, April 8, 2013 in the chapel of the NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. Arrangements are in the care of the H. J. Grondin & Son Funeral Home, 177 North Main Street, Rochester, NH. To sign the on-line guest book, please visit www.GrondinFuneralHome.com.
\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chaplain Emergency Relief Fund
\nP.O. Box 3448, Concord, NH 03302-3448; Veterans Count, Easter Seals New Hampshire
\n435 South Main Street Manchester, NH 03102


Class of 1991

Andrew Lewis Causey

Deceased: 12/15/2011

USNA Company: 8

Andrew Lewis Causey, of Stoughton, MA formerly from Terre Haute, IN, passed away on Thursday December 15, 2011 at Tufts Medical Center, age 42. Born in Lynchburg, VA to Robert Edwin George and Barbara Spiers Causey. Andy was an excellent husband, father and businessman; he graduated from Terre Haute South Vigo High School in 1987 where he competed on the swim and golf teams. He continued his education, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, May 1991 from the United States Naval Academy. He graduated with merit and served as the 8th Company Commander. Upon graduation, he completed the Navys Nuclear Engineering Program in Orlando, FL and Ballston Spa, NY in 1993. He served on the USS Tunny in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and with the SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO in Norfolk, VA. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal. He was also the USS Tunnys Junior Officer of the Year for 1995. After seven years military service, Andy attended the Kelley School of Business,Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, graduating in May 2000 with a Masters of Business Administration, major in Finance. He graduated Valedictorian and was a member of the Investment Management Academy, Finance Guild, Investment Club. He worked for Stark Investments as a Security Analyst, St. Francis, WI and Boston, MA. In 2009, he became a partner with Crawford Investments serving as the Equity Analyst. He is survived by his wife, Nicole Pastena-Causey and son Andrew Michael, of Stoughton; mother Barbara Causey; sister Bonnie Causey Johnson and her husband, Kurt; identical twin brother, Robert Edwin Causey, and his wife Eliza; all from VA; in laws Michael and Margaret, Sandra and Leigh-Ann Reed, all of Brockton. He was a beloved uncle to Kara, Kristin, and Blake Johnson; Michael and Charlotte Causey; and Alexis Marie Reed. A funeral service with Military Honors was held Monday, Dec. 19 at 11 a,m. at Christ Church Episcopal, 12 Quincy Ave. Quincy. Burial was private.
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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202, and the United States Naval Academy Foundation Annual Fund, P.O. Box 64740, Baltimore, MD, 21264-4740.


Class of 1991

Erik Michael Bender

Deceased: 9/11/2011

USNA Company: 4

Erik M. Bender \'91, suddenly on September 11, 2011. Beloved husband of Susannah Lyson. Loving father of Dylan. Son of Patricia. Brother of Scott. Fond member of the extended Lyson family.

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Wayne Acoba \'91 provided the following memories and perspectives on the passing of Erik Bender: Our Classmate, Erik M. Bender, unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack last September 11, 2011.  Erik was loving husband to Susannah Lyson and father to Dylan Thomford Bender, age 4.  Erik is also survived by an extended Lyson family, his younger brother Scott Bender and mother Patty Riedel.
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\r\nI met Erik at NAPS where we were roommates in Platoon 1:1.  He arrived in Newport after graduating from high school in Ledyard, CT where he was a wrestler and played soccer.  We both managed to graduate from NAPS and earn appointments to the Naval Academy.
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\r\nAt USNA, we were in different companies but still spent many weekends hanging out at his sponsor’s house and enjoying the downtown Annapolis nightlife.  Despite having to attend NAPS to work on his academics, Erik had a brilliant mind for mathematics and engineering.  I have no doubt that if it weren\'t for various ankle injuries that eventually disqualified him for line officer duty, he would have had a very successful career as a submariner. 
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\r\nAfter graduation, Erik attended Supply Corps school where the instructors often hounded him for his long hair; which was probably hardly ever cut so that he could fit in at the nearby bars around the University of Georgia campus.
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\r\nBecause of Erik, I grew to love country music.  I will always think of him when I hear old songs from Randy Travis and George Strait.   It was also through Erik that I met my wife Kristi in San Diego, CA.  I didn\'t talk with Erik often but when I asked him to be in my wedding in Billings, MT, there was never a doubt that he would be there for my wife and I.  For this, I will always be grateful.
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\r\nAfter the Navy, Erik started working for small startup company named Dell Computers, where he was one of the first few hundred employees.  At Dell, he was a Systems Integration Manager, leading a group of engineers and helping Dell become the success it is today.
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\r\nAfter leaving Dell, Erik and Susannah eventually left Austin, Texas and moved to Massapequa, New York.  While there, Erik returned to graduate school and earned his master’s in Secondary Math Education from Queens College.  From here, he found his passion of educating and working with junior high school students at Catherine & Count Basie Middle School in NYC.
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\r\nErik\'s school had a high population of students from low income  families as well as numerous students in foster care.  As you can imagine, he was very well loved by the students and his colleagues.  He spent many evenings talking with his wife Susannah about some of the very difficult situations these poor kids were dealing with on a daily basis; whether it was giving his lunch to a kid who didn\'t have anything to eat that day, or lending a sympathetic ear to a kid living in an abusive situation at home.  Erik\'s principal described him as hard-working, considerate, and energetic teacher who was an invaluable and irreplaceable member of the school\'s faculty.  He worked diligently with the students who shared his desire to serve the community, setting a great example for all around him.
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\r\nAs a loving and supportive husband, Erik was always by Susannah\'s side; especially  as she successfully defeated a recent battle with cancer.  Susannah really does not know how she would have survived the cancer, surgery and chemo therapy without Erik being by her side every step of the way. 
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\r\nErik and Susannah are also blessed with 4 year old son named Dylan.  Erik was a loving father and it should come as no surprise that Erik was quick to teach Dylan to say \"Go Navy, Beat Army!\".  I\'ve been told that Dylan is a carbon copy of Erik in the way he looks and acts.  Though Erik has passed away, Dylan will always remember his daddy and he will be present with Susannah every day through their son.  I look forward to the day when I can meet Dylan and share stories of my time with his dad.
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\r\nErik taught many of us how to really have fun, enjoy the day and the moment and not worry about all the \'other stuff\'.  Regrettably, I lost touch with my friend over the years.  Though, through his passing, he can teach us all one more lesson and that\'s to take the time to contact that classmate of yours that you haven\'t talked to for the past few years.  Whether it\'s through Facebook, email or a text, drop a short note to a classmate and just say hello. 
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\r\nErik was a selfless friend, a good man, caring and dedicated educator, supportive brother and son, and lastly, loving husband and father.  We will all miss him.  Cheers \'E.  Thanks for all the good times and memories.  ~Wayne
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\r\nRyan Johnson \'91 provided more memories of Erik:  Erik taught me that getting into trouble was only just seeing another side of life.  In Bancroft Hall, we broke almost every rule, including smoking, going outside the windows, tapping into the phone lines, catching mice in the ceiling, and of course, a little alcohol in the room after doing four hours of engineering homework through a Mountain Dew-induced insomnia.  I was still the neat freak, except for all the power strips and extension cords, and he had CD’s and dirty socks scattered all over the place. Things started to change as senior year started sobering us to the fact that boat school was preparation for the Real Navy.  I still remember him coming back from Hospital Point after an innocent soccer play blew out his ankle, pulling off the bandage with the gauze packed down to the bone, knowing that his chances of going warfare were gone.  We snuck out on a weeknight to get tattoos in College Park; his skull and cowboy hat reflected core strength and audacity in a future unknown. I chickened out, managing only to trace a “E=mc2” with a Sharpie where a yearning submariner would be diggity enough to put one permanently.  We both graduated, standings more affected by academics than conduct, his N mostly tarnished by room inspection ICOR Form 2’s, torn up like parking tickets, mine nearly Blackened by a plebe reporting our medicinal Bacardi.  Retired from the uniform now, into a sedentary office career with twenty years of fitreps and marriage and hobbies to my portfolio, I am grateful to have had Erik give me a few lessons about risks and rules and when to ignore them.   I wish I had been able to stay in touch, but life moves fast and there’s truth and regret about living on the world.  We went our separate ways after graduation, but every time I did something more daring than my usual self, I made a mental note to save the tale and to credit Erik when we meet up again to swap stories.


Class of 1991

Mario de los Angeles Carazo

Deceased: 7/22/2010

USNA Company: 19

Lieutenant Colonel Mario “Sugarbear” Carazo, USMC, was lost to enemy action in Afghanistan, on 22 July 2010. His AH-1W Cobra was shot down while supporting Marines engaged in a firefight. He was 41 years old.  Born on 25 May 1969 in Inglewood, CA, to Alvaro and Ana Carazo, Mario entered the Academy where he graduated in 1991, with a B.S. in history, as a member of the 19th Company. Mario went on to fly the AH-1W Cobra with the World Famous HMLA-369 “Gunfighters” at Camp Pendleton, CA. He did two Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployments, followed by a tour as an instructor at the Fleet Replenishment Squadron. He attended the Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico,VA, and then went back to Camp Pendleton for another tour as a “Gunfighter.” “Sugarbear” attended the United States Naval War College, Newport, RI, as a Major, where he received a M.A. in national security and strategy. He was not satisfied with one M.A., so he attended the School of Advanced Warfighting in Quantico and received his second in Operational Studies. He took this newly found knowledge, and as only he could do, applied it on another deployment—in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in December 2007 and returned from Iraq in August 2008 to Camp Pendleton, becoming the executive officer of MAG-39, and ultimately the commanding officer of Headquarters Squadron 39. He then deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mario spent his life focusing on taking care of the people in his life.There was always the “Sugarbear” smile to pick you up, or the “What’s going on, kid,” to begin a bull session, but there was the certainty that he would do whatever was possible to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone he cared about—his family, both immediate and extended. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; their son, Mario, and daughter, Milla; his parents,Alvaro and Ana; his brother and two sisters,Alvaro,Ana, Sandra and their families. Mario was interred with full military honors and an AH-1W fly-over at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA. The family has established an education fund for the children, “Carazo Education Fund,” at California Bank & Trust, 1127 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037.

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Shipmate, September-October 2010

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LA Times article, September 5, 2010
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Class of 1991

Scott Allen Zellem

Deceased: 8/9/2004

USNA Company: 35

Lieutenant Commander Scott Zellem, USN, tragically died on 10 August 2004 while flying an S-3B Viking during a night training mission off JOHN C. STENNIS.  He was 35 years old. Born on 10 March 1969, Scott grew up in Indiana, PA.  A star linebacker and tight end on the football team at Indiana Area High School, during his senior year he was named the team\'s Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year and also District 6 Quad A Defensive Player of the Year.  At Navy, Scott continued to excel on the field, but also established many deep and long-lasting friendships with his shipmates. In 1993, he earned his coveted Wings and reported to VA-128, NAS Whidbey Island, WA, for training as a bombadier/navigator in the A-6E.  His tours included VA-115, Atsugi, Japan; VS-35, VS-41, NAS North Island; and a return tour with VS-35 in 2003 as operations officer.  He amassed 535 carrier landings throughout his career, including combat missions over Iraq. Scott was awarded the Air Medal with Strike/Flight Award as well as numerous personal awards and campaign medals. Scott had the unique opportunity to fly President Bush\'s chief of staff as wingman during the historic presidential visit to ABRAHAM LINCOLN in 2003.  He personally briefed the safety portion of the flight to President Bush and is credited with convincing him that he would look \"much cooler\" if he wore a flight suit when he got off the jet.  The President said, \"If I look as good as you guys . . . I\'ll do it!\" Scott\'s true legacy, however, is that he left the world a better place than he found it. A loyal and devoted family man, Scott is survived by his wife, Jennifer; son, Tanner; her parents, Gary and Lynn Hunt; his parents Theodore and Sally; brother, Commander Edward Zellem, USN, and his wife, Cynthia, and their children; and his sister, Mildred and her husband, Robert, and their children. Memorial services were attended by over 1,000 people on the flight deck of JOHN C. STENNIS and later by another 700 people at NAS North Island, CA.  Scott\'s final internment took place on 7 September 2004 with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a college fund established for Tanner.  Collegebound Fund, Account 030-03540 FBO Tanner Zellem.  Mail to Bernstein Investment Research and Management, 225 South Sixth Street, Suite 5100, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

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Mike Borgschulte \'91 & John Kelsey \'91 
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Unofficial Arlington National Cemetery website


Class of 1991

Robert Calvin Toney

Deceased: 7/16/2004

USNA Company: 26

[as of June 2011, no obituary has been published in Shipmate for this classmate], died July 16, 2004.


Class of 1991

Matthew Guy Conger

Deceased: 1/12/2004

USNA Company: 25

Matthew Guy Conger of Flower Mound, Texas died Jan. 12, 2004 at home with his loved ones. He lived a courageous life following the diagnosis of a brain tumor. He was born May 9, 1968, in Sheridan, Wyo. The family lived in Wyo., Gaylord, Mich., Yukon and Houston, Texas. He graduated from Nimitz High School in Houston in 1986. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Texas A&M and North Texas University, where he received a degree in chemistry. He was employed by Hempel Coating USA of Conroe, Texas as a polymer chemist.  He is survived by his parents, Miller and Marjorie Conger; his grandmother Verna Conger of Olustee; his three sisters: Marla R. Conger and her husband Mansour Baranpourian and his niece Jasmine and nephew Ramin of Flower Mound, Micki Lacker and husband Peter Lacker and niece Katie of Dallas and Marie Murphy and husband Joe Murphy and niece Sara of Gresham, Ore.; his uncle Don Conger and his wife Etta Conger of Friendship; his aunt Jean Brown of Sapulpa; his brother in heart Doug Stokley of Conroe; extended family in Okla., Texas and Mass. and his many loyal and trusted friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, J.C. Conger, in 1983. He was a man of honor and humor, and he loved to write. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004 at Trisch Memorial United Methodist Church in Flower Mound. 


Class of 1991

Anthony Richard Domino

Deceased: 4/11/2003

USNA Company: 13

Lieutenant Commander Anthony "Fats" Domino, USNR, died on April 18, 2003 when his F-5E Tiger II aircraft struck the ground while returning from a Top Gun event near NAS Fallon, NV. Tony was the oldest of four brothers growing up on his parents' farm in Middletown, DE. Growing up, his interests included the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and helping with his father's standard bred horses. At the Naval Academy, Tony distinguished himself on the football field, starting three years as on outside linebacker, wearing number 60. Off the field, he was known for high-speed runs to Ocean City, MD, in his red Corvette. His parents were also well known for taking in more than a few hungry Midshipmen. If you have seen the size of Tony and his brothers you know the Dominos took a few extra hungry mouths in stride. After graduation Fats reported to flight training. Going the Corpus Christi/Kingsville route, he was Winged in 1993 with orders to the Tomcat FRS. After completing Tomcat training, he was sent to the Jolly Rogers of VF-103 where he supported missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as Operation Southern Watch in Iraq. His next assignment was to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, working in the Air Wing Training Department. There, he served as an adversary mission commander, as well as an air-to-air/air-to-ground tactics instructor. In 2001 Fats left active duty and joined the Fighting Saints of VFC-13 at NAS Fallon as an adversary instructor pilot. Fats was also a commercial airline pilot, flying the Airbus A320 for Jet Blue Airways. Lieutenant Commander Domino's awards included two Strike/Flight Air Medals, two Armed Forces Service Medals, an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and a NATO Medal. Funeral services were held on 28 April 2003. The small church in Delaware City, DE, was filled beyond capacity, with hundreds of people standing inside and outside the church to pay their last respects. Attendees included Delaware Senator Joseph Biden, who gave Fats his nomination to the Naval Academy and continued to follow his career. Lieutenant Commander Anthony Domino was buried with full military honors including a fly-by of four F-14s from ComFitWingLant. With his death we have lost a great friend, brother, son, and wingman. Those who knew him have all commented on his gregarious spirit, outgoing nature, and love of life. Shipmate, September 2003 USNA Alumni Association - In Memoriam To Those Who Went Before Us - Operational Losses and KIA's since 9/11


Class of 1991

Robert Edward Clukey III

Deceased: 11/3/2002

USNA Company: 30

Lieutenant Commander Robert E. Clukey III, USN, died when his FA-18 Hornet crashed in the Adriatic Sea during training on 3 November 2002. He was 33 years old. Born in Bangor, ME, a native of nearby Orono, "Trey" was a member of the ski patrol, an emergency medical technician, and a state-ranked competitive skier in high school. He received a congressional appointment to the Naval Academy from Senator William Cohen of Maine. At the Naval Academy, Trey earned a bachelor of science degree in oceanography and was a member of the offshore sailing team. He graduated in May 1991, a member of the 30th Company. Trey attended flight training in Pensacola, FL, and Kingsville, TX, and was designated a naval aviator in September 1994. In October, he reported to VMFAT-101 at MCAS El Toro, CA, for FA-18 Hornet training. In November 1995 he reported to VFA-113 the "Stingers" in Lamoore, CA. During this tour, Trey completed two deployments to the Persian Gulf on Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), flying 38 combat missions in support of operations Southern Watch and Desert Strike. He was awarded the Strike/Flight Air Medal for his actions in these operations. Call sign "Plumbr," Trey was selected to become a strike fighter tactical instructor in October 1998. He completed the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor training course at Top Gun in Fallon, NV and was assigned to the Strike Fighter Weapons School, Atlantic in February 1999. While at the Weapons School, he served as the weapons and tactics coordinator and was the air-to-ground employment subject matter expert for the East Coast Hornet community. In August 2001, Trey reported to VFA-34, the "Blue Blasters," as the tactics officer and deployed on George Washington (CVN-73) in June 2002. While on deployment, Trey completed 20 combat missions over Southern Iraq and Afghanistan in support of operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. He also conducted missions in operation Deliberate Forge/Decisive Guardian in support of NATO peacekeeping in Bosnia. In September 2002 he was awarded his second Strike/Flight Air Medal. Trey is survived by his parents, Robert E. Clukey Jr. and Francis H. Clukey of Bangor, ME; and two sisters, Robin Clukey of Carmel, ME, and Christina Clukey of Bangor, ME. Memorial services were conducted at St. John's Episcopal Church in Bangor, ME, and at the chapel at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, VA. Jeff Everage '91 Shipmate, January-February 2003 USNA Alumni Association - In Memoriam To Those Who Went Before Us - Operational Losses and KIA's since 9/11


Class of 1991

Christopher Charles Tragna

Deceased: 4/2/2002

USNA Company: 24

[as of June 2011, no obituary has been published in Shipmate for this classmate], died April 2, 2002 Unofficial Arlington National Cemetery website


Class of 1991

Keith Keneipp Takabayashi

Deceased: 11/6/1999

USNA Company: 22

[as of June 2011, no obituary has been published in Shipmate for this classmate], died November 6, 1999.


Class of 1991

Jonathan Bennett Nolan

Deceased: 5/27/1998

USNA Company: 34

I regret to inform you that a fellow shipmate, the strongest link in the chain in the Class of 1991, has died in the line of duty, serving his country and for America's freedom. Lieutenant Jon Nolan was killed on 27 May 1998 in a tragic accident during a night strike mission in Fallon, NV, when his F/A-18C crashed in the desert. Jonathan Bennett Nolan was born on 25 August 1969 in Syracuse, NY. A native of Syracuse, he graduated from Christian Brothers High School before entering the Naval Academy. While at the Academy, Jon spent the majority of his time in the halls of "Club 34," until graduating as an Aerospace Engineer in 1991. After commissioning, Jon was attached to Topgun at NAS Miramar in San Diego, CA. He began his flight training in Pensacola in June 1992, with follow on orders to jet training in Kingsville, TX. He earned his "Wings of Gold" in September of 1994 and was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 for F/A-18C Hornet training. Jon reported to the "Ragin Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron 37 at Naval Air Station, Cecil Field, FL in September 1995. Assigned as the Avionics/Armament Division Officer, as well as additional duties as Landing Signals Officer, he completed preparations for deployment with VFA-37. Jon deployed on board THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) in November 1996 for Joint Task Group 97-1 to the Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Ocean, Red Sea and Persian Gulf. He participated actively in Operation Southern Watch and Determined Guard over the skies of Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Most notably, he enjoyed every bit of the ten port visits and seven countries. Jon, or "Bass" as he was known to his fellow pilots, will be deeply missed; but more than that, he will always be remembered - his larger than life attitude, his quick wit, his strong faith in God, his love for flying Hornets around the carrier, his honesty, his meals of Slim Fast and salad, his ability to be a true friend, his willingness to give to others and share in so many ways, and most of all for his many laughs. You lived life to the fullest, my friend, and now for you it's only getting better. Save me a seat. We'll miss you brother! Strapping in, pressing on and keeping the faith, like we know you'd want us to. Your friends . . . Jon is survived by his parents, Thomas and Patricia of Syracuse, NY; his brothers, Robert, Chris and Kevin and his grandfather, Walter Lewczak. Rob Turner Shipmate, July-August 1998


Class of 1991

Brian Michael Smith

Deceased: 9/15/1997

USNA Company: 21

Captain Brian Michael Smith, USMC, died in an F/A-18D Hornet crash off the coast of Cherry Point, NC on 15 September 1997. He was the pilot of a two-seat F/A-18 that went down in the bay just short of the Piney Island range during routine night bombing operations. A memorial service was held at MCAS Beaufort on 19 September and the funeral was held in Elyria, OH on 29 September. He is buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Elyria. Brian graduated from high school in Nashville, TN prior to enrolling in the Naval Academy. He graduated in 1991 and selected Marine Corps Aviation. He married Maria Rutkowski, a 1991 graduate of the US Air Force Academy, in June of 1991. Brian completed TBS in Quantico, VA, Aviation Indoctrination and Primary Flight Training in Pensacola, FL, then completed Intermediate and Advanced Jet training in Kingsville, TX. He earned his Wings of Gold in August 1994 and selected F/A-18s. After one year FRS training in VFA-106 at NAS Cecil Field, FL, he was assigned to VMFA-224 in MCAS Beaufort, SC. He has been with the Bengals for over two years, serving two deployments to Aviano, Italy. Brian is survived by his wife Maria who gave birth to their baby daughter, Theresa Marie, 4 days after his death. His parents, Mike and Joanne Smith, currently reside in Prospect, KY. His brother, Kevin Smith, lives in Van Nuys, CA with his wife Amy. Memorial Contributions may be made to: BB&T Bank and Trust Co. of South Carolina, Attn: Kathy Bazzle, 401 Robertson Blvd, Walterboro, SC 29488, payable to Capt Brian Michael Smith Memorial Fund or contributions may be made to Carmelite Monestery of San Giuseppe, Via Della Nocetta, 83, Roma Italia 00164 (please mention: in memory of Brian Smith). Shipmate, December 1997


Class of 1991

Patrick Alexander Sullivan

Deceased: 7/30/1997

USNA Company: 26

[as of June 2011, no obituary has been published in Shipmate for this classmate], died July 30, 1997. Accident while climbing Mount Blanc. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Survived by wife Barbara (Leahey) and daughter Maggie.


Class of 1991

Jeffrey Allen Trail

Deceased: 4/29/1997

USNA Company: 19

[as of June 2011, no obituary has been published in Shipmate for this classmate], killed April 29, 1997. Five Lives Cut Short - Washington Post article July 17, 1997


Class of 1991

Brian Francis Hussey III

Deceased: 8/23/1996

USNA Company: 2

Captain Brian F. Hussey, Jr., USMC, age 27, died in a training accident in Yuma, AZ, on 23 August 1996. A military memorial service was held at MCAS Cherry Point, NC on 28 August, and a funeral Mass was held in Westminster, MD on 2 September 1996. Another memorial was held for family in East Greenwich, RI on 12 September 1996. Brian was born on 29 June 1969 in Providence, RI. After living in several areas of the country while growing up, he finished high school in San Ramon, CA in 1987. He was in 2nd Company at the Naval Academy, where he consistently stood out in all areas. He truly embodied the mission of the Naval Academy, as he stood out "morally, mentally, and physically." Even as he found his passion in the History Department, he never let other areas of focus suffer. He regularly attended Mass (he always noted exactly how long it took), and was perpetually in peak physical shape, making the rest of us pale by comparison. As we approached our First Class Year, and most of us just wanted to get to the big day, Brian took on two huge tasks. He was a Trident scholar and the Brigade Training Officer. Even though everyone gave him the required grief for being a "striper," deep down, everyone that knew Brian admired him and looked for him to take the lead. After graduation, Brian met the love of his life, Susan, and they were married in June of 1993. Brian took his commitment to excellence into the Marine Corps. He was near the top of his class at The Basic School, and displayed his unique, solid leadership style for all the other Marines to admire. He excelled in NFO flight school and earned his wings of gold on 18 February 1994. He lead the pack again at the Electronic Warfare School at Corry Station, Pensacola by graduating at the top of his class. After a year of training at the EA-6B FRS in Whidbey Island, WA, he checked into VMAQ-1, MCAS Cherry Point, NC. After three months to get settled, he was off on a six month deployment to Aviano, Italy to participate in Operation Deny Flight over Bosnia. Brian's awards include the National Defense Medal, the NATO Medal, the Air Medal (3rd Award), the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Armed Forces Service Medal. Brian was not only an outstanding officer, but a true friend. His presence is sorely missed and he will not be forgotten. He was very proud of being a member of the Brigade of Midshipmen and the United States Marine Corps. Brian is survived by his wife Susan, of Newport, NC: his parents Brian and Kathy, of Saunderstown, RI; sister Erin Morgan, of Jamestown, RI. He was also very close to his in-laws, John and Chris Wisniewski; and sister-in-law Stephanie House, all of Westminster, MD. Any correspondence for Susan Hussey can be sent to 17 Bell Rd., Westminster, MD 21158. A memorial fund has been established in Brian Francis Hussey Jr.'s name at USNA and information can be obtained from the USNA Alumni Association. In addition, contributions can be made in Brian's name at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Semper Fidelis, Brian! W.L. Campbell, Jr. '91 Shipmate, January-February 1997


Class of 1991

Ronald Joseph Mobayed

Deceased: 10/3/1995

USNA Company: 36

The class of 1991 mourns the passing of Ronald J. Mobayed, 27, who died on 3 October when the CH-46 SEA KNIGHT helicopter he was flying went down in the Atlantic near Virginia Beach during training exercises. A very special person, Ronny Mo touched the lives of many of us, and he will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of serving with him. He is survived by his father Joseph; mother Vivian; sisters Lori, Lynn, and Julie; brother Kenneth; and fiancee Suzanna Lamorte. Growing up in Brooklyn, Ronny was competitive from the start. To control his enthusiasm, his family had a 'harness' created for him, with a rope tethered to keep him from wandering too far. Ronny dealt with this situation as he would later do at the Academy and flight training, he conquered through perseverance and sheer will. Eventually, little Ron was able to break his reins and free himself, much to the dismay of his family. At age eight, Ron and family moved to Springfield, Virginia. Ron would continue to excel both in school and on the playing field. He was an outstanding athlete, starring in football, basketball, baseball, and wrestling at West Springfield High School. In the classroom, Ron was exceptional, and a member of the National Honor Society. He was a natural leader who exuded confidence and enthusiasm, traits which would become most evident during his years in the Navy. Ron gained acceptance to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, RI in the summer of 1986. There he made the first of what would become a large cadre of great friends. The relationships developed that first summer in Newport have carried on until today, as he always remained in touch with friends, mo matter where you were. At the Academy, Ron became a very popular member of the Class of '91 through his goodwill, kindness and zest for life. His entrance would often light up any midshipman gathering, as you just knew good things were in store when Ronny Mo was with the group. Ron played catcher on the baseball team until a pitch hit him in the eye. He not only almost lost his future career in flying, but his eyesight as well. But he battled back; the injury eventually healed and Ron was back in the lineup, this time playing football. Ron walked on the 150's team his junior year and won a starting spot. He was having a banner year when bad luck struck again, this time a severe knee injury that again threatened his chances to fly. Though Ronny Mo was MIDN 1/C Whiteworks his firstie year, he was once again able to overcome a potentially career-ending injury. Thus he was able to select his first love, naval aviation, on service selection night. Onward to Pensacola to pursue his dream. In Florida, Ron became involved with the Big Brother/Big Sister Foundation, actively sponsoring a "little brother" in the Pensacola area. Ronny loved children, and soon he and Kyle became inseparable. Ron was the father figure presence that Kyle never had; and surely Kyle looked to Ron for the strength and support that much of his family and friends had drawn upon for years. Kyle meant so much to Ron that he had included Kyle as one of the major beneficiaries in his will. This is the kind of charitable man that we knew, who would literally give you the shirt off his back if it meant helping someone out. Ron came to Virginia Beach and Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Six full of energy and excitement. He completed a Mediterranean deployment with an HC-6 detachment, and returned with French wines and Turkish rugs. Ronny loved to cook exotic meals and enjoyed fine wines. This proved a boon to his roommates, who could sway a date with an excellent bottle of Israeli or French wine, or hire chef Ronald to prepare a culinary delight. Ronny Mo was quite the well-rounded naval officer. While in Virginia Beach, this most romantic guy finally found love, and literally in his own back yard. He met Suzanna Lamorte of Oakton, Virginia shortly before a trip to Panama. His extensive writing, which he was always good at, kept the channels open and the two of them soon became a pair. On 30 September, he proposed to Suzanna, and both of them were on top of the world. They were to be wed at the Academy Chapel on 19 October 1996. Ron was a hero to those who knew him. He was a special person in that he always brought good cheer to life, even when he himself may have been down inside. His enthusiasm infected those who worked with him, he was a joy to serve with. He was our friend, our brother, our son, our love. Ronny Mo will be sorely missed, but not forgotten; for the virtues and tenets by which he lived, his life will be remembered and followed by those who knew him. Ron's family requests that donations be sent in his name to: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Virginia Beach 5690 Greenwich Road, Suite 200 Virginia Beach, VA 23462 or Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Florida 301 West Government Street Pensacola, FL 32501 Matt Lattig, Kevin O'Conner, John Pereira, and Doug Fee Shipmate, December 1995 State of Virginia House Joint Resolution No. 259


Class of 1991

Marcus Blue Pletcher

Deceased: 9/14/1994

USNA Company: 4

[as of June 2011, no obituary has been published in Shipmate for this classmate], died September 14, 1994. Marc Pletcher passed away in September of 1994 while assigned to the F-14 FRS. He died as a result of a mid-air collision of two Tomcats off the coast of Virginia.


Class of 1991

Alton Lee Grizzard

Deceased: 12/1/1993

USNA Company: 20

[as of June 2011, no obituary has been published in Shipmate for this classmate], killed December 1, 1993.


Class of 1991

John Lee Higginbotham

Deceased: 10/18/1991

USNA Company: 5

[as of June 2011, no obituary has been published in Shipmate for this classmate], died October 18, 1991.


Class of 1991

James Richard Lederer

Deceased: 10/12/1991

USNA Company: 24

[as of June 2011, no obituary has been published in Shipmate for this classmate], died October 12, 1991


Class of 1991

John Joseph Lonergan

Deceased: 10/12/1991

USNA Company: 13

[as of June 2011, no obituary has been published in Shipmate for this classmate], died October 12, 1991.


Class of 1991

Robert L Barr

Deceased: 9/25/1989

USNA Company: 9

[Midshipman] died Sept. 25, 1989 in a swimming accident while at the Naval Academy.


Class of 1991

Donald L Landry

Deceased: 8/14/1989

USNA Company: 17

[Midshipman], died August 14, 1989.


Class of 1991

William James Donovan

Deceased: 8/14/1989

USNA Company: 29

[Midshipman], died August 14, 1989.


Class of 1991

Andrew Gene Myers

Deceased: 8/14/1989

USNA Company: 4

[Midshipman], died August 14, 1989.


Class of 1991

Michael W Loeffler

Deceased: 1/16/1989

USNA Company: 4

[Midshipman], died January 16, 1989.