From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Francis Flood, Jr. '53

Date of birth: October 2, 1931

Date of death: August 23, 1956

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


From Together We Served:

Lt.jg. Flood was lost [on August 23, 1956] along with his crew while on an ECM reconnaissance mission 32 miles off Wenchai, China. The aircraft, a P-4M-1Q "Mercator" (Bu 124362) flying out of Iwakuni, Japan, was shot down by a Chinese MiG-17F. The crew of 16 were all lost.

Lt.jg. Flood left a wife, Dorothy Dickie of Canada, then living at the base in Japan. His tour in Japan had begun in 1954.

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

From Navy CT History:

22 AUG 56 - P4M-1Q Mercator Buno 124362, staging from Iwakuni, Japan. Squadron VQ-1. Shot down off Wenchai, China.


  • Ltjg. James B. Deane,
  • Ltjg. Francis A. Flood,Jr,
  • Lcdr. Milton Hutchinson,
  • Lcdr. JamesW.Ponsford,
  • AT2 Donald Wayne Barber,
  • AO2 Warren Edgar Caron,
  • AT3 Jack Albert Curtis,
  • AT1 William Frederick Haskins,
  • AO3 William Michael Humbert,
  • AD1 H.E. Lounsbury,
  • AT1 Albert Perry Mattin,
  • AT2 Carl Edwin Messinger,
  • AE2 Wallace Powell,
  • AT3 Donald Eugene Sprinkle,
  • AT2 Leonard Strykowski,
  • AD3 Lloyd Lewayne Young

There is some additional information at VP Navy.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Francis Arthur Flood, Jr. (NSN: 0-569963), United States Navy, for heroism while participating in aerial flight on the night of 23 August 1956. His devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: All Hands (October 1957)
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Memorial Hall Error

Francis is listed on the Killed In Action panel at the front of Memorial Hall under the "Korean War 1950-1953" heading. He wasn't killed in Korea, and the armistice was signed three years before his death.

Class of 1953

Francis is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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