Yount, Peter E, LtCol

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary MOS
7509-Pilot VMA-AV-8B Qualified
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1995-1998, 7509, MAG-13
Service Years
1978 - 1998
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Lieutenant Colonel

 
 

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Home State
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Year of Birth
1955
 
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Date of Passing
Apr 22, 1998
 
Location of Interment
Desert Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery - Yuma, Arizona
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In the Line of Duty
  1998, In the Line of Duty


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Last Known Activity
Yount ejected after his engine failed during a training flight over the Imperial Valley.  He was killed when his seat rotated out of position and his parachute harness straps snapped against his helmet, breaking his neck.  He was 42, a venerated Marine pilot who was about to become a squadron commander.  He had two daughters, 4 and 2.  The investigation concluded that an "incorrectly installed" fastener on the gas turbine starter led to the engine flameout that crippled Yount's AV-8B, and the ejection killed him.  The crash led to changes in the ejection system.  Yount graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in nuclear engineering.  "He told me once,  'When I'm in the plane, you don't have to worry because I'm in control of what's going on,' " said his widow, Janet Yount. "Pete Yount was one of those rare guys who was very, very smart, very outgoing and a great pilot," said retired Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, chief of Marine aviation at the time.  "Here was a guy who did every single thing correctly and still the airplane ended up letting him down."

   
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Harrier Pilots - All shared a devotion to the corps and to the Harrier's special mission of using Marine air power to protect Marines on the ground.  Some came from military families, with fathers and even grandfathers who had flown or fought in America's wars.  Others stunned their parents when they announced plans to enlist and learn to fly.  They typically were high achievers in school and in flight training.  Some chose to fly the Harrier, invigorated by the challenge.  Others were assigned to the plane by the Marines.  They died in fiery explosions and ill-timed ejections.  Some made fatal mistakes.  Some did everything right and perished anyway.


   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1978, The Basic School (Quantico, VA)
  1978, MARCADS (Pensacola, FL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
MCAS Yuma, AZVMA-513MAG-13
  1978-1998, 7509, MCAS Yuma, AZ
  1995-1998, 7509, VMA-513
  1995-1998, 7509, MAG-13
 Colleges Attended
University of Florida
  1974-1978, University of Florida
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