Chapter Grand

Bill MacFarland, Class of 1956

[Published in M Go Blue.com on August 12, 2011] Former U-M Great MacFarland Passes Away at 79, SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Former University of Michigan ice hockey player Bill MacFarland (1954-56) passed away at the age of 79 on Friday, Aug. 12, in Scottsdale, Ariz. MacFarland captained the Wolverines to back-to-back national championships (1955, '56). He was a three-time All-American (1954-56), one of only three U-M players to achieve the feat.

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Harold A. "Hap" Langstaff, Class of 1950

[Published in the Golden Eagles web site April 2011] Lieutenant Colonel Harold A. "Hap" Langstaff, USMC (Ret.) made his final takeoff on Friday, April 8, 2011 in Sacramento, CA at age 90. Hap Langstaff was born February 2, 1921 in Pittsburgh, PA. He completed two years at the University of Michigan from the fall of 1939 through the spring of 1941 before being called into military service. While at Michigan he played on the Michigan football team and roomed with Bob Ufer, his best friend from Mount Lebanon High School outside of Pittsburgh, PA. They were both members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Hap joined the Marine Corps in June 1941, entered flight training in September, and was designated a naval aviator on July 23, 1942. After completing additional fighter training and carrier qualifications, he reported to VMF-215, 1st Marine Air Wing and flew F4F's and F4U's in support of the Guadalcanal Campaign. He flew 113 combat missions from April 1943 - March 1944, and was credited with shooting down three Japanese Zeros in the Solomons. Hap was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and eight Air Medals for his heroic actions. Following a tour back in the States, he returned to the Pacific with VMF-321 flying F6F's aboard the U.S.S. Puget Sound, and took part in the Japanese Occupation from August 1945 - February 1946.

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