Lieutenant General David J. McCloud was born 15 February 1945 in California. He died 26 July 1998 in Anchorage, Alaska, when the aircraft he was piloting crashed. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
He entered the US Air Force in 1969 and was a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He was a command pilot with more than 4,100 flying hours, principally in fighter aircraft.