This is a place for remembering and giving in the honor of LT Valerie Cappelaere Delaney.

Valerie’s family has suggested that donations be made to Women in Aviation International (WAI), a Non-Profit Organization, in which Val was a member.  Val attended WAI annual conferences and also encouraged other female aviators to attend.  She valued the comradeship of this organization.  Your donation will support the continuation of the LT Valerie Cappelaere Delaney Memorial Scholarship awarded annually to a member of WAI. Please click on the tab above for specific instructions for donations to WAI.  If you are viewing this website on a mobile phone, please hover over “Menu” at the top of the screen and the tab will appear on a drop down menu.

A few more articles honoring Val, please read and share.

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Update 16 March:  Today friends of Val and Sean’s planted over a hundred bulbs of Val’s favorite flowers, daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, in the front and backyard at the house.

See pictures below!

Yard 1 Yard 2 Yard 3Yard 7 Yard 8 Yard 9 Yard 10 Yard 11 Yard 4 Yard 5 Yard 6

Update 19 March:  For everyone that was able to join us at the VQ-129 Memorial Service today and for those that wished they could have, thank you so much for your support.   Only a fraction of the women that have been touched and inspired by Val were able to be there in person, but just to see what a fraction looks like, see our tribute below.

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11 thoughts on “

  1. Val was an amazing woman with so much strength .. I remember her telling me how excited she was to fly .. . . The Navy was her dream .She is going to be missed so much .
    oxox Memories

  2. Memories of Valerie…
    When I think of you, I think of the little girl with a big heart. The story that comes to mind is when you were at a Church service with your family one Sunday and a stray dog was introduced who was in need of a good home. Little Valerie stood up and in a big voice (and with even bigger heart) said “I want that dog!” This is how Rex, the German Shepard, became a part of your family for many enjoyable years.
    When I think of you, I think of an amazing young woman who had determination and drive to follow her dreams. I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. Not only did you graduate from the Naval Academy, you went on to Navy aviator school and were soon piloting jets. I would frequently think Valerie is actually flying jets! That is so incredible! But if anyone in our family were to do it, it would be you! Even though I knew how much work and skill was involved, you made it seem easy and no big deal.
    When I remember you, I will remember my beautiful little niece with a gorgeous smile and sparkle in her eyes that grew into an amazing young woman with the same gorgeous smile & sparkle. You are a wonderful part of our family. You gave us joy, hope, inspiration and of course love. You are missed so much!
    I love you, Valerie!
    ~ Aunt Di

  3. As a neighbor, I watched you grow up and blossom into a beautiful woman. Your smile was infectious and your enthusiasm for the life you had chosen was obvious to everyone. May God rest your soul and may He bring peace to your family as they move on with their lives without you. God Bless.

  4. Valerie is such a beautiful young lady. From all the lovely pictures, she enjoyed life to the fullest.

    Crystal Swann

  5. From this Navy (and Army) Family our deepest sympathy at your loss. Our son (Prowler NFO) is in the Patriots Squadron currently deployed.

    Todd and Nancy Patterson parents to Lt Bradley W Patterson (USNA ’02) and former Capt Cody D Patterson (US Army).

  6. Doreen, Pat, and Sean, I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. May sweet memories of times spent with this dedicated, joyful and beautiful soul bring you peace. You clearly raised and loved a hero. My heart goes out to you.

  7. I had read this tribute on the list serve this morning, and thought all day what to say. My daughter is a plebe at the Academy. She wants to fly. Your daughter is stunning. In so many ways. Your family’s love is all over the faces on this page. My heart breaks for all of you. What a glorious tribute to an amazing woman who left this earth too soon.

  8. Dorene and Pat, what a wonderful page in tribute to your lovely daughter. It is evident from the many photos that Val was so full of life and joy, a most happy energy that I am sure stemmed from the love and support of her family and friends. We are at a loss for words to give you and your family the comfort we so desperately want to convey. Certainly, Val left this world too soon, but looking at those photos, with that twinkle in her eyes, and that incredible smile, we can’t help but feel that indomitable spirit will always touch us and move us all for the rest of our own lives.

    With our heartfelt wishes for God’s comfort,

    Vivien and Phil Gugliotti

  9. I met Valerie when she checked in to TW1-Meridian as a student pilot – I try very hard to not get attached to students but most make that a difficult task – Val was by far, one of those – in fact, she and I spoke quite a lit – I was as proud of her as I am of my own kids, in fact, she is just months younger than my youngest (a son). I was fortunate to be one of the last people to see her off from Meridian, and in days before her departure, had the pleasure of her company at a dinner for a mutual friend. I was so pleased that she chose to befriend me, both in life, and as a Facebook friend. I will miss her terribly – RIP you beautiful, beautiful girl – I hope you know I loved you with all my heart.
    Miss Jeanne

  10. Valerie, we remember not just that you died, but that you lived, and gave us memories too beautiful to forget. You brought us together to celebrate your life and legacy unlike anything we’ve seen in our small community of female naval aviators, and you will continue to inspire future generations like the young school girls who came to Arlington to pay respects and learn about your sacrifice as we walked out of your service. We shared your story with them, and they will share it with their sisters and daughters, because your story is now forever woven into our hearts and wings.

  11. Valerie was one of four pilot trainees who worshipped at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Corpus Christi in 2009 and 2010. All (including Sean) were outstanding. Yet Val stood out, not only because she was the only woman (and beautiful, at that), but also because she followed her very good heart very well.

    She wasn’t one to let opportunities pass her by. She siezed the opportunity to be confirmed in God’s “one, holy catholic, and apostolic church.” She went through the prerequisite training. The bishop laid “hands on her” on May 16, 2010. In that Confirmation Service she renewed her renunciation of evil, her commitment to Jesus Christ, and her desire for God to use her in His service. She gave a beautiful 4th of July address to our church that summer.

    Her untimely “promotion to Glory” seared into our minds what God wants us all to be like: one who answers the call to serve good, and not evil; a caring person, an adventurer and lover of life; a determined child of faith.

    Sadly, we have all outlived dear Valerie. Now, if we could just out-love her! As unlikely as that is, I know she would love it if we tried. Maybe, just maybe we’ll get close to doing it, with God’s help. Thank you, dear Father in heaven, for sharing Valerie with us for a time. She belongs to you, now.

    The Rev. John F. Hardie

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