Class of 1960
(Reprinted from the Pensacola News Journal.)
Berry graduate Charlie McDaniel was killed in a plane crash on April 12,
Retired Lt. Cmdr. Charles McDaniel, 67, of Cantonment was the pilot
onboard a Navy T-39N Sabreliner that crashed into a rugged, wooded area
of north Georgia during a routine training mission Monday afternoon.
"He was a devoted father and he absolutely loved to fly," said Will Bolton, 29,
McDaniel and three passengers were killed in the crash. All four were
assigned to Training Squadron 86 at Pensacola Naval Air Station.
Bolton said McDaniel was a dedicated family man, who was married to his
wife, Terrie McDaniel, 57, for 31 years and has five adult daughters.
McDaniel became a Naval aviator in 1968, and flew F-4 Phantom II fighter
jets, Bolton said. In 1985, after retiring from active duty, McDaniel was hired
as a contract civilian pilot for Training Air Wing 6 — a job he kept for the next
25 years Bolton said.
McDaniel planned to retire later this year. His final flight was scheduled June
25, Bolton said.
"He felt that it was time for him to stop flying and enjoy his retirement years,"
Retired Lt. Cmdr. Charles McDaniel