Brown, David McDowell, CAPT

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151X-Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer Pilot or NFO
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1996-2003, 151X, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Service Years
1984 - 2003

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Contact Info
Home Town
Arlington, Virginia
Last Address
Arlington, Virginia

Date of Passing
Feb 01, 2003
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 46 Lot 1180-3

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Last Known Activity
  • NASA Astronaut and a Mission Specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia Mission STS-107. CAPT Brown was killed when the craft disintegrated during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, 01 FEB 2003

Visit other US Navy Astronauts on STS-107 here at NTWS:

CAPT Laurel B. Clark

CDR William C. McCool
Other Comments:
Posthumously awarded:
  • NASA Space Flight Medal
  • NASA Distinguished Service Medal
  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal
  • Congressional Space Medal of Honor
Career Highlights

  • Began Naval Career as a Flight Surgeon, and in 1988 was the first Flight Surgeon in 10 years to be selected for Pilot Training.
  • Navy Operational Flight Surgeon of the Year -1986
  • Designated a Naval Aviator in 1990, ranking number one in his class.
  • Qualified to fly the A-6 Intruder, F/A-18 Hornet, and T-38 Talon
  • His tour with NTPS was a duel role as the Flight Surgeon and Pilot.


  • Brown Hall in the Columbia Village Apartments, at the Florida Institute of Technology is named in his honor.
  • Laurel B. Clark & David M. Brown Aerospace Medicine Academic Center at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute.


These an many other video, audio clips, as well as a complete NASA website on STS-107 can be found HERE.
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VFA-115 Eagles

Strike Fighter Squadron 115
 (VFA-115), also known as the "Eagles", is a United States Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter squadron

The squadron’s first insignia, designed by Walt Disney, was approved by Chief of Naval Operations on 25 June 1945, consisting of a black torpedo and a winged cherub wearing a green helmet. A new squadron insignia was approved on 17 September 1956 and is still in use. The squadron was known as the Arabs from the 1950s to 1979, at which time they were renamed the Eagles. During the squadron’s deployment to the Indian Ocean in 1989, they temporarily changed their nickname back to Arabs to enhance the esprit de corpswhile operating in the Arabian Sea.

On October 10, 1942, Torpedo Squadron Eleven (VT-11) was commissioned at NAS San Diego, flying TBF Avenger, a carrier based torpedo bomber known in the fleet as the "Turkey." Over the next five years, the squadron upgraded through several models of TBF and TBM Avengers.

Members of VT-11 at Guadalcanal in May 1943.
The crews of VT-11 on USSHornet, 8 December 1944.

In January and February 1943, a detachment of 6 squadron aircraft were sent to Kanton Island for antisubmarine defense and search missions. The squadron's first combat was flown from Honiara International Airport during the Guadalcanal in April-May 1943 as part of Carrier Air Group Eleven (CVG-11). The squadron was landbased at Guadalcanal, and in June 1943, VT-11 pilots conducted the first daylight raids on Bougainville and theSolomon Islands. They flew patrol, search, spotting, strike, and night mine-laying missions.

On 5 May 1944, squadron aircraft were involved in an antisubmarine attack off the coast of Hilo, Hawaii. The attack against the enemy submarine was assessed as "probable" by the squadron commander. From 29 September 1944 to 1 February 1945 VT-11 was deployed aboard the aircraft carrierUSS Hornet. In October 1944, the squadron participated in the first strikes against Okinawa and two weeks later converged on Leyte Gulf to protect the landing and supply ships engaged in the liberation of the Philippines. On 25 October, the Japanese Fleet converged on Leyte to oppose the landings. Squadron TBMs were launched from 550 km (340 mi) away (well beyond normal range) to strike the fleet. The TBMs struck the retiring Japanese ships, scoring hits on a battleship and two cruisers. All the squadron’s aircraft returned, completing a 1.000 km (600 mi) round trip. Seven Navy Crosses were awarded to VT-11 aircrews during this campaign.

In November and December 1944, the squadron continued to provide support for the cccupation of Leyte, striking targets on Luzon in support of the landings on Mindoro. In January 1945, the squadron struck ships and targets onFormosa and Luzon in support of the landings in Lingayen Gulf, Luzon. The squadron participated in operations in the South China Sea (the first time an American Task Force had entered these waters since the beginning of the war), striking targets at Cam Ranh Bay and a convoy off Qui Nhon, French Indo-Chinashipping at the Pescadores Island, and Hong Kong.

VA-12A TBM-3s on the USSValley Forge during the 1947/48world cruise.

After the war, Naval Air Station San Diego became VT-11's new homeport, and the squadron was redesignated as Attack Squadron 12A (VA-12A) in November 1946. VA-12A, along with its Carrier Air Group (CVAG-11), underwent extensive training and embarked in USS Valley Forge, the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier. In June 1948, VA-12A deployed on a world cruise, a first for a U.S. Navy air group and milestone for the squadron. A symbolic globe later became part of the squadron's official insignia to commemorate the cruise.

On July 15, 1948, VA-12A was redesignated Attack Squadron 115 (VA-115), and in December, the squadron transitioned to the Douglas ADSkyraider. The squadron upgraded models of the "Spad" several times for the next ten years.

In July 1950, VA-115 deployed aboard USS Philippine Sea for nine months conducting strikes in InchonSouth Korea in preparation for landings in September 1950. During and after the invasion the squadron flew deep support missions and also encountered MIG-15s. On 31 December, 1951, VA-115 provided close air support for American troops in the Chosen Reservoir area and flew combat missions against North Korean rail, transportation, communication, industrial and supply targets. VA-115 flew 2,268 combat missions over both Korea deployments. For this outstanding performance, the squadron was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

In February 1955, the squadron flew air cover missions during the evacuation of over 26,000 personnel from Tachen Islands which had come under bombardment by the People’s Republic of China in January. In August and September 1958, the squadron was part of the task force that provided support to the Republic of China during the shelling of the Quemoy Islandgroup by the Chinese Communists.In June 1952, the squadron participated in coordinated strikes against North Korean hydroelectric power plants - the first heavy attacks conducted against these installations. Nine different hydroelectric power plants were struck. VA-115 made two deployments to Korea in 1950/51 and 1951/52 aboard the USS Philippine Sea. It returned to Korea shortly after theArmistice Agreement in July 1953 aboard the USS Kearsarge. This was followed by another deployment on the Kearsarge in 1954/55.

CVG-11 then moved to the USS Essex in 1956, followed by two cruises aboard the USS Shangri-La in 1958 and 1959.



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VFA-115 Eagles

Kuntz, Aldo, CDR, (1974-1999) OFF 131X Commander
Kelly, Mark Edward, CAPT, (1986-2011) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Bohnstedt, Kevin, CDR, (1983-2004) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Christopherson, David, LCDR, (1974-2004) OFF 734X Chief Warrant Officer 2
Jolly, James, LCDR, (1974-2004) OFF 738X Chief Warrant Officer 2
Franklin, Kirby, SCPO, (1972-2004) AD AFCM-8300 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Barry, David, CPO, (1976-1999) AT AT-6653 Chief Petty Officer
Mumford, George, SCPO, (1977-2004) 00 8800 Chief Petty Officer
Nilsen, Peter, CPO, (1975-1995) AQ AQ-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Planty, Lloyd, LCDR, (1981-Present) 00 8331 Chief Petty Officer
Riddle, Anthony, CWO4, (1977-2008) AME 8327 Chief Petty Officer
CANONOY, FRED, PO1, (1979-1999) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Cowan, Charles, MCPO, (1986-2013) AD AD-8305 Petty Officer First Class
Eakins, Bill, SCPO, (1986-2011) 00 8331 Petty Officer First Class
Gacad, Florimon, MCPO, (1981-2011) 00 8331 Petty Officer First Class
Isenhart, John, PO1, (1988-2008) PR PR-8258 Petty Officer First Class
James, Brook, CPO, (1984-2008) AT AT-7958 Petty Officer First Class
Pasko, Donald, PO1, (1977-1997) 00 8331 Petty Officer First Class
Sanchez, James, SCPO, (1986-2008) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Schumacher, Michael, CPO, (1983-2007) AQ AQ-7952 Petty Officer First Class
Seese, Pat, PO1, (1979-1999) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Sherman, Ken, PO1, (1972-1993) AQ AQ-7952 Petty Officer First Class
Taylor, William, PO1, (1973-1998) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Brown, David, PO1, (1983-2003) 00 8331 Petty Officer Second Class
Brudzinski, Steven, PO2, (1985-1998) AME AME-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Collins, Kevin, CPO, (1988-Present) AE AE-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Crawford, David, PO2, (1992-1997) IS IS-3924 Petty Officer Second Class
Ellis, Jimmy, CPO, (1989-2009) 00 8331 Petty Officer Second Class
Foreman, James, CPO, (1990-2010) AZ AZ-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Griffith, Thomas, PO2, (1988-1994) AME AME-8318 Petty Officer Second Class
Hairston, Allan, PO1, (1987-2007) MS MS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Harsh, Jeff, SCPO, (1989-2008) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hicks, Joseph, CPO, (1990-Present) AT AT-7958 Petty Officer Second Class
Hicks, Joseph, SCPO, (1990-2014) AT AT-7958 Petty Officer Second Class
Matheny, Paul, CPO, (1990-2007) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Mills, Jeffrey, PO2, (1988-2008) AE AE-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Myers, Isaac, PO2, (1991-1999) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Paczynski, Howard, CPO, (1988-Present) 00 8331 Petty Officer Second Class
Porter, Bradley, PO2, (1986-1992) AT AT-7958 Petty Officer Second Class
SCRIVNER, JAMES, CPO, (1985-2009) 00 8331 Petty Officer Second Class
Torree, Lyndon (Don), CWO2, (1983-2008) 00 8331 Petty Officer Second Class
Tucker, Alex, CPO, (1990-2014) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Abdou, David, PO3, (1989-1996) AM AM-7232 Petty Officer Third Class
Anderson, Robert, PO3, (1988-1998) AO 8286 Petty Officer Third Class
Atkinson, Sean, SCPO, (1990-Present) AE 8345 Petty Officer Third Class
Bowen, Scott, PO3, (1990-1996) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Bowen, Scott, PO3, (1990-1996) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Buonconsiglio, Dave, PO2, (1991-2001) AK AK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Collinsworth, David, LT, (1994-2015) IS IS-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Davis, Andre, PO2, (1991-1998) MS MS-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Godfrey, Gregory, PO1, (1989-2009) AT AT-7958 Petty Officer Third Class
Hannaman, Richard, CPO, (1993-2007) 00 8331 Petty Officer Third Class
Mailhott, William, PO1, (1990-2002) AME AME-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Mangas, Jack, PO1, (1992-2012) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Mccrae, Tracy, PO1, (1994-2007) AT ATR-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Michleski, Toby, CPO, (1994-2007) PR PR-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Ondick, Gary, PO2, (1994-1999) GM GMG-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Saez, Gabriel, SCPO, (1989-2007) 00 8332 Petty Officer Third Class
Schultz, Donald, PO1, (1990-2010) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class

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