Nathaniel Brown Dyer, Jr.

Skip Dyer entered the Naval Academy via a SECNAV appointment from his home in Bradenton, Florida.  In his years at Navy, he was known for his open and friendly nature and a terrific sense of humor.  During Second Class year Skip met Ann Davies, who quickly became the love of his life.  Ann and Skip were married in the Naval Academy Chapel on June 9, 1956.  The Dyer’s have two children, Susan and Bill, and three grandchildren.


In July 1956, Skip entered flight training, and achieved his goal of becoming a fighter pilot, flying F-4s for much of his career. Early tours were carrier deployments to the Mediterranean with F-4 squadrons out of Oceania.  In 1967, with Fighter Squadron 213 flying from the Kitty Hawk, Skip flew 96 combat missions over Viet Nam.  From 1972 to 1974, Skip as XO and then CO of Fighter Squadron 41, completed two Med deployments.  Following his command tour, he attended Naval War College and served in staff assignments until his retirement from the Navy in 1980. During Skip’s impressive career, he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Meritorious Service Medal, six Air Medals, five Navy Commendation Medals and numerous other citations and awards.


After the Navy years, Skip worked as a Senior Operations Research Analyst for Systems Explorations, Inc. and participated in numerous volunteer projects.  Skip died of pancreatic cancer at NRMC Portsmouth, VA on 27 July 1995, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.