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Captain of aircraft carrier grew up in Hagerstown

March 14, 2001

Captain of aircraft carrier grew up in Hagerstown



United States Navy Capt. David L. Logsdon, the commanding officer of the USS Harry S Truman, grew up in Hagerstown, but moved away when he went to college, his brother, Mark, said Tuesday.

Mark Lagsdon, who lives in Hagerstown with his wife, Kelly, said he hasn't been in touch with his brother since sending him an e-mail two months ago.

David Logsdon, 48, joined the Reserve Officers' Training Corps when he entered the University of South Carolina in 1971, Mark Logsdon said.

According to the United States Navy, David Logsdon became a Naval Aviator in 1977 and has amassed over 4,500 flight hours and 550 carrier landings.

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He has received the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and other awards.

Logsdon was on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower when it was deployed to the Indian Ocean after Americans were taken hostage in Iran. He later served on the USS Constellation in the Western Pacific and the USS America in the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean.

In 1998, he assumed command of the USS Arctic and was deployed in the Adriatic Sea.

Logsdon became the commanding officer of the USS Harry S. Truman on Nov. 19, 1999. The aircraft carrier left on Nov. 28, 2000, for a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf, the Navy said.

- Andrew Schotz

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