David J. Starkey, #54, 1946 – 1970

David J. Starkey, Mother Joseph Catholic Cemetery of Vancouver. Click image for virtual memorial information.

Seventeen days after he had enlisted, David J. Starkey died of meningitis in 1970 at Marine Corps boot camp. His next stop after boot camp would of been Vietnam. David was a member of the Vancouver Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. The Vancouver Squadron was then in the Oregon Wing. Among his many Civil Air Patrol awards, David was awarded the Frank E. Borman Falcon Award and was Spaatz award recipient #54 having earned it on October 25, 1967.

Rick Busig, #125, writes:

David went into the Marine Corps a few years after he received his Spaatz and he died in boot camp of meningitis. We were in the same squadron – the Vancouver Composite Squadron, then in the Oregon Wing.

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    Mike Hower - Mar 14, 2014

    Virtual memorial link: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=435109&GRid=52421164&

    (Courtesy of Mike Taylor, #103)

    • Rick Busig - Apr 07, 2015


      Thanks for your efforts, the site looks good.

      Here is a link to a picture of David Starkey from the August 1968 CAP Times – http://image2.findagrave.com/photos/2015/95/52421164_1428372228.jpg

      The caption reads:
      Governor Tom McCall of Oregon recently became the fifth governor to receive an honorary membership in Civil Air Patrol. Orgeon Wing Commander, Col. O.A. Donaldson, right, presented the award, citing the governor for his “interest in the growth, development and potential of Oregon CAP an developing aviation an the aerospace industry throughout Oregon.” Also honored was David Starkey of Vancouver Sq., center, who became Oregon Wing’s first recipient of the Falcon Award.


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