JACK E. LOPER, LCDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: January 6, 1958
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1946 Loper LB.jpg

From the 1946 Lucky Bag:

Jack Edwin Loper

Covington, Kentucky

Anybody who has ever been to Chapel on Sunday morning knows Jack Loper. He loved to sing, and we loved his singing. "Lope" wasn't a star in athletics or studies, but he was a good athlete, a good student and a good friend. He played hard and studied hard throughout his three years here. His heart was in everything he did, just as it was in every word he sang. Next to vocalizing, Jack's main interest was in eating, as any of his classmates will testify.

The Class of 1946 was graduated in June 1945 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

Jack was lost when the A-3D Skyraider he was piloting crashed shortly after a bad catapult shot from USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) on January 6, 1958, operating in the South China Sea (roughly 14° 15'N, 119° 3'E). His co-pilot and another crewman were also lost.

He is included in the detachment picture of Heavy Attack Squadron (VAH) 2 Det. M from the 1957-58 USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) WestPac Cruise Book.

Unable to find a memory marker.

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