Lieutenant Hyrum J. Hanlon
Hyrum was born at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska on January 17, 1995 to Jim and Priscilla Hanlon. He said that his earliest memory was “looking with amazement on snowy mountains from an airplane window.” His grandpa, Samuel Richards, encouraged his interest in aviation and military service, taking him to air shows at Elmendorf Airforce Base. As a young child, his hero was Buzz Lightyear, and he dreamed of space exploration.
In 2011, he paid half his way to attend the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar in Annapolis, Maryland. This was a major turning point for him; he returned from the experience determined to join the Navy. As a result, he graduated third in the Class of 2013 from Snowflake High School. Hyrum then graduated from Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering with a focus in Astronautics in 2017.
After Hyrum was commissioned into the United States Navy on May 10, 2017, he reported to Pensacola for Aviation Preflight Indoctrination. He then reported for Primary Flight Training at Whiting Field with Training Squadron Six (VT-6) where he flew the T-6 Texan II. Upon selection into the Navy’s E-2/C-2 program, Hyrum transferred to Corpus Christi where he began Intermediate Flight Training with VT-31 flying the T-44 Pegasus multi-engine training aircraft. Hyrum finally reported to Kingsville to complete Advanced Flight Training with VT-22 in the T-45 Goshawk single-seat jet trainer. On December 13th, 2020, he successfully completed his carrier landing qualifications on the USS Gerald R. Ford. On December 17, 2020, Hyrum received his “Wings of Gold”, officially becoming a Naval Aviator. He was selected for the E-2 Hawkeye and began training in Norfolk, Virginia.
Hyrum was a well-rounded Renaissance Man who pursued excellence and self-mastery. He was outgoing and gregarious, and enjoyed reading, science and history. He was restless, disciplined, tough, goofy and joyful. He played piano and dabbled in painting. But mostly, Hyrum loved to spend time with his friends, whom he loved deeply. He worked hard, played hard, and lived life to the fullest.
Hyrum is survived by his parents, Jim and Priscilla; his siblings Saera Uí Chearnaigh (Deóis Ua Cearnaigh), Krista (Ryan) Slone, James (Katherine), Bryan (Rachel) and Isaiah; his grandmother, Mildred Richards; his nieces and nephews Riley, Samantha, Madalyn and Séadanda; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
Capt Richard L. Keefer USN (Ret.)
Richard Lee Keefer (Dick), of Virginia Beach, Virginia passed away March 15, 2022. His death followed a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Dick was born November 25, 1939, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to Harry and Dora (Wilt) Keefer. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Harry Keefer, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Luan Keefer; children, Cherrie DeRentis (Rocky), Mari Mann (Rod) and April Orcutt; brother, Robert Keefer (Bobbie); grandchildren, Ricky Williams (Kelly), Eliza DeRentis and Ryan Debolt; great grandchildren, Kensie and Emmy; nieces, Debby Rabchenuk (Mike) and Tawna Woolstenhulme; nephews, Larry, Craig, and Brian Keefer and Bob Keefer (Angie). Dick attended West Shore High School and was a standout athlete who aspired to a career in the US Navy as an aviator. In 1963, Dick, was selected to attend college under the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP). He completed both BS and MS requirements in the Electrical Engineering discipline graduating from North Carolina State University in June 1967. Attended Officer Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island receiving his commission as an Ensign in October, 1967. He then received orders to flight training in Pensacola, Florida, earning his wings in December 1969. Dick had a notable career as a naval officer flying from aircraft carriers on oceans and seas all over the world, serving with several squadrons most notably VAW-123 Screwtops flying the Hawkeye E2-C. The proudest achievement of his naval career came with the key leadership role of Commanding Officer of the Naval Aviation Service Unit at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a well-respected and beloved leader, shipmate, classmate, and crew member; renowned for his sense of humor and quick smile. Dick's professional pursuits were balanced with hobbies and life with his family and friends. He was an avid tennis player. Dick's family extends heartfelt thanks to Erin Brewer and Affinity Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of Dick and the family. There will be a private interment at Rolling Green Cemetery at Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warriors Project, 855-448-3997.
"Lord, guard and guide the men who fly through the great spaces in the sky. Be with them always in the air, in darkening storms or sunlight fair; Oh hear us when we lift our prayer, for those in peril in the air!" The Navy Hymn