Wilson Flagg

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Wilson Falor Flagg
Wilson Flagg.jpg
Flagg in late 1989
Born(1938-10-25)October 25, 1938
Long Beach, California, U.S.
DiedSeptember 11, 2001(2001-09-11) (aged 62)
The Pentagon
Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1961-1995
RankUS Navy O8 infobox.svg Rear Admiral
Other workAmerican Airlines pilot (1967-1998)
Cattle rancher

Wilson Falor "Bud" Flagg (October 25, 1938[1] – September 11, 2001) was a United States Navy Rear Admiral. On October 15, 1993, he was censured for failing to prevent the 1991 Tailhook conference scandal, effectively ending any chance for further career advancement.[2][3][4] He and his wife Darlene were killed on board American Airlines Flight 77 during the September 11 attacks of 2001.[5]

Early life[edit]

Wilson Falor "Bud" Flagg was a native of Long Beach, California. While in high school he met Darlene Ellen Embree, or "Dee",[6] who became his sweetheart. They would marry after Flagg graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1961.[7]


Flagg attended flight school in Pensacola, Florida, and became a Navy pilot in 1962. He served on active duty from 1961 to 1967, including three tours as a fighter pilot in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. After leaving active duty, he continued flying the F-8 Crusader, logging more than 3,200 flight hours. He subsequently embarked upon dual careers as an American Airlines captain and an officer in the Naval Reserve.[8]

His decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V.[8]

In 1987 he became a rear admiral, and was posted at The Pentagon, where he was one of the top officers for the Naval Reserve.[7] In 1993, two years after the 1991 Tailhook Association scandal, he was one of three top officials who received letters of censure for failing to stop extensive incidents of sexual harassment at the association's Las Vegas convention.[2][3][4][7]

Flagg retired from the Navy in 1995 as a rear admiral and from American Airlines in 1998,[8] although at the time of his death, he still had an office at the Pentagon, for instances in which the Pentagon contacted him for technical advice.[5]

Personal life and death[edit]

The names of Flagg and his wife Darlene are located on Panel S-70 of the National September 11 Memorial's South Pool, along with those of other passengers of Flight 77.

The Flaggs lived in Mississippi, California and Connecticut before settling in the early 1990s to Daybreak Farm, a Black Angus beef cattle farm in Millwood, Virginia. They also owned a home in Las Vegas, and Dee Flagg was active in Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winchester, Virginia, and the Greenway Garden Club in Clarke County. Both were members of the Blue Ridge Hunt.[8]

During the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Flaggs and their friend, Barbara G. Edwards, were on board American Airlines Flight 77, heading to a family gathering in California. They were killed when it crashed into the Pentagon. The Flaggs were both 62, and were survived by their sons, Marc[9] and Michael, and four grandchildren.[5][8]

At the National 9/11 Memorial, Flagg, his wife and Edwards are memorialized at the South Pool, on Panel S-70.[10]


  1. ^ Wilson Falor Flagg summary
  2. ^ a b Lewis, Neil A. (October 16, 1993). "Tailhook Affair Brings Censure Of 3 Admirals". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b "Tailhook admirals censured". The Times-News/Associated Press. October 16, 1993. p. 3A. Google News. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Serrano, Richard (October 16, 1993). "33 Top Officers Disciplined in Tailhook Case". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ a b c "Wilson Flagg, 62, A Retired Admiral". The New York Times. September 15, 2001.
  6. ^ "Darlene E. Flagg | Pentagon Memorial Fund". pentagonmemorial.org. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  7. ^ a b c "The Human Toll: Wilson Flagg". Los Angeles Times. September 17, 2001.
  8. ^ a b c d e Bernstein, Adam (September 2001). "Wilson F. Flagg". Sacred Ground: Remembering the Victims. The Washington Post. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  9. ^ Some sources, such as the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, give the spelling as "Marc".
  10. ^ Wilson F. Flagg Archived 2013-07-27 at the Wayback Machine. Memorial Guide: National 9/11 Memorial. Retrieved October 28, 2011.

External links[edit]

Media related to Wilson Flagg at Wikimedia Commons