TRIBUTE TO A STELLAR BANDSMANNOTES DA CAPO - By John Puffenbarger
Assistant Bandleader Lt. 3. Harold Fultz. age 42, was among the nineteen U.S Navy Bandsmen killed in the crash of a Navy transport plane with a Brazilian airliner in February 1960. The bandsmen were members of the U.S. Navy Band who were flying to Rio de Janeiro to participate in the festivities surrounding President Eisenower's tour of South America. The band was to play at a reception the President was to give for the President of Brazil.
Lieutenant Fultz was a native of Buckhannon. where he attended high school. His wife was Luna J. Fultz and his parents were Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Fultz. He became a member of the U.S. Navv Band in 1935, when he was the honor man of the first Graduating class of the Navy School of Music. He served the band both as soloist and administrator, and in the spring of 1956 he organized the Navy Sea Chanters, which became an integral part of each of the band's concerts. It was also in 1956 that he received his commission.
Fultz accompanied President Roosevelt to the Pan American Conference, and he went with President Truman to Potsdam. He received a Presidential letter for his service and was awarded the Medal of Commendation. He was instrumental in forming the All-Eastern Band and Instrumental Clinic and served as chair for its first two years.
Lieutenant Fultz and thirteen other Navy bandsmen were buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. About five hundred mourners led by then Vice President Richard Nixon paid final tribute to the musicians. It was a great honor for West Virginian Lt. Fultz to have risen to the high musical position he held.