GUIDO J. CARLONI, LT, USN
Guido Carloni '67
Date of birth: November 23, 1945
Date of death: October 28, 1970
From the 1967 Lucky Bag:
Remembrance & Loss
Born November 23, 1945 in Hempstead NY, Guido was raised with his brother John in a modest home at 19 Beverly Avenue. Guido became a wrestling phenom in high school eventually winning numerous awards and scholarships, He choose the Naval Academy and was sworn in June 26, 1963. He was a four-year wrestling letterman and eventually settled in at the 191 pound category. Watching Guido wrestle was a delight. He never shaved before a contest and he prepared by eating a lot of garlic. These combined to intimidate his opponents he used to say. His initial move after shaking hands was to cross the mat and pick up an invisible piece of debris. It was his signature trait as was finishing off two pizzas immediately after his win. Guido's first duty station was Floyd Bennett Field in Long Island while waiting to attend flight school in Pensacola in September 1967. Guido lived at Pensacola beach and was center stage at many parties and Happy hours at Dirty Joes on the beach. He went on to NAS Meridian for basic jets and NAS Beeville for advanced jets. Guido started flying F-8 Crusaders in 1969 and eventually joined his fleet squadron VF-211 in 1970 aboard USS Hancock. After a night carrier landing accident on 28 October 1970, Guido succumbed to fatal injuries and the Navy suffered a great loss.
From researcher Kathy Franz:
In March 1963, he was fourth in the intersectional tournament’s heavyweight division in Ithaca, New York. His Section 8 won the Section team title by a 46-point margin. He graduated from Uniondale High School in 1963.
While at the Naval Academy in early 1967, weighing in at 191, he was undefeated until February when he suffered a knee injury. In March 1968, wrestling at 213 1/2, he won the heavyweight title at the East Coast Navy tournament.
He is buried in New York. He was survived by his mother. (Information from February 1971 issue of Shipmate.)