Neal Carlock, Class of 1970

Neal Carlock grew up in the Prince's Bay area of Staten Island and attended grammar school at St. Joseph - St. Thomas.

Neal excelled in his studies while at Farrell and competed on the track and field team. Academically, he enjoyed the sciences, which led him to study biology at Stony Brook University after graduating from Farrell in 1970.  Eventually, Neal would follow a call to serve his country in the United States Navy.

On July 29, 1982, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Neal Carlock, assigned to Fighter Squadron 101 (VF-101), also known as the "Grim Reapers," was engaged in an F-14A Tomcat training exercise, serving as the aircraft's RIO (Radar Intercept Officer).

Shortly after taking off from NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia,  Neal's F-14 was observed in an accelerated descent.  Lt. Carlock and his pilot, Lt. Anthony David Griffin, both ejected. Tragically, they did not survive.

Neal was 30 years old.

 

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