David W. Longworth Survivor

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Survivor The true life story of a US Navy Pilot From Farm boy to a dive-bomber in Korea Dr. David W. Longworth is a practicing Orthodontist in Watertown, South Dakota. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he was able to survive drinking paint thinner, setting himself on fire, getting run over by a truck, falling off a moving car, nearly drowning in Lake Harriet, running through a tornado, getting hit in the mouth by a hockey puck, and getting a pitchfork stuck in his chest - all before the age of 11. In this book, David takes you back to an era that is often referred to as a more "gentler time." Well, the times might have been gentler, but his life was full of adventure, misadventure, and episode after episode of death defying exploits that followed him from his youth into the US Navy. With a light hearted and humorous style, David reminisces about growing up on a 1930's mid-west farm, using his imagination in place of material things for toys and adventure, and manages to capture the spirit and exuberance of the times. Joining the Navy after World War II, David chases his dream to become a fighter pilot and finally gets his Naval Aviator wings in 1951. David's hi-jinx during his Navy training reflected both his free spirit and his determination to achieve and succeed. From bare-knuckled boxing matches in the barracks against giants to learning the hard way about acrobatics in an airplane, David continued to skirt death by a whisker, a second, a few inches, a heartbeat. He always pushed himself and the airplanes he flew to the limit and never looked back. In Korea, David was assigned to VF-74 aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard, CV-31, in Task Force 77, and flew hundreds of combat hours over Korea. He also spent some time in the Sea of Japan after he was shot down by enemy fire. As one of the Navy's best pilots, he survived mishaps, mechanical problems, navigational problems, and other pilot problems. Dr. Longworth went on to a very successful career in the Naval Reserve and flew nearly every type of plane in the Navy inventory. He and his wife Jackie, have seven children and seven grandchildren. David is often called upon to give interviews and speeches throughout the mid-west as well as at national air shows. He is very popular among Corsair pilots and enthusiasts, as well as historical aviation buffs, not only because of his grand exploits, but because he has lived long enough to share them. He is a Survivor.

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David W. Longworth entered the Navy as an Aviation Electronic Technician in August 1947. He was accepted into flight training at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida in July 1949 and was commissioned an Ensign receiving his wings in February 1951. His next tour was at the All Weather Training unit at Key West flying F6F-5N Hellcats followed by F4U-5N s at VC-4 in Atlantic City. David volunteered to join VF-74, an F4U-4 squadron, in February 1952, which was preparing to deploy to Korea aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) on June 24, 1952. While flying a bombing mission over North Korea he encountered enemy action and was shot down just three miles off the North Korean coast. Spending 2 hours in enemy water, he was rescued by the Destroyer USS Hollister (DD-788) and later returned to the USS Bon Homme Richard. LT(jg) David Longworth went on to fly 65 combat missions and received three Air Medals and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with Combat Distinguishing Device. He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in June 1959, received his certificate of orthodontic postgraduate training in 1962 and on January 5, 1963 he flew his last flight as a Naval Aviator. David has recently published a work entitled, Survivor, an historical narrative of growing up in middle America and fulfilling his dream to fly. It also records the service of six extraordinary young men who gave their lives for the values they believed worth the risk. He is often called upon to give interviews and speeches throughout the mid-west as well as at national air shows. Dr. Longworth and his wife Jackie live in Watertown, South Dakota where he practices Orthodontics. They have seven children and seven grandchildren.

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The KELO local news interviewed David W. Longworth regarding his book "Survivor" on 6-25-2007. He was featured on the evening news about remembering the forgotten war. There is a write up on the Keloland.com web page as well as a video click that was broadcast. --keloland.com

The Frederick, Maryland newspaper featured David W. Lonworth in the paper 8-24-2007. After he attended the Midwest Atlantic air show there. He was also featured on the FrederickNewsPost.com website. The article is "Uncle of Walkersville artist shows the "right Stuff" is a matterof pluck and practice. --Frederick News Post

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