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University of North Carolina
Naval ROTC Alumni Association

LTJG, Carl Howard Preston

United States Navy

Date of Death: 10 July 1969

Commissioned: Class of 1967

Last Duty Station: Fleet Tactical Support Squadron 24, deployed on board USS Kennedy (CVA-67)


Circumstances of Death:

Died July 10, 1969 when his aircraft, a C-1 COD, crashed into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after a catapult launch from USS Kennedy (CVA-67)*. At the time of his death he was attached to Fleet Tactical Support Squadron 24.

* Note: Kennedy was originally designated as CVA 67, attack aircraft carrier. In the early 1970's, the classification was changed to CV 67, indicating the ship was capable of supporting anti-submarine warfare aircraft, making it an all purpose, multi-purpose, multi-mission aircraft carrier.

Our thanks to Jim Sturges, a classmate of Carl's, for providing this information to the Alumni Association.

Here are a couple of other photos submitted by friends and family of Carl Preston. The first one is from Carl's commissioning; in the one on the right, Carl is the second from left:


If you have additional information or material (anecdotes, photos, etc.) about this alumnus, please contact our secretary.


For information, please contact:  secretary@uncnrotcaa.org

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