Wilson "Bud" Flagg
As I stood respectfully at attention while the haunting notes of Taps carried on the wind, I knew something was very, very different. I had seen countless military funerals before, and there is a certain reassuring "sameness" about them all. We military know how to bury our dead. There is the right mix of somber precision, colorful ritual, and dignified homage that serves as both final tribute and poignant epilogue to a life of service now ended.
It was appropriate that we were saying farewell to Wilson Flagg as he was laid to rest in the U.S. Naval Academy cemetery, because he had begun his life of service here, graduating in 1961. After flight school, "Bud" Flagg flew F-8 Crusaders from 1963-1967, including three tours in Southeast Asia.