From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Collett '29

Date of birth: March 31, 1908

Date of death: October 26, 1942

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1929 Lucky Bag:


Omaha Daily Bee, January 18, 1914

John was lost on October 26, 1942 when his TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bomber was shot down at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. He was commanding officer of Torpedo Squadron (VT) 10, flying from USS Enterprise (CV 6); he had only taken command 10 days earlier.

He was briefly in command of Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3 in January 1942.

His mother was listed as next of kin.


"This image is from a photo of VT-10 officers at Kaneohe Bay, Oahu"

USS Collett (DD 730) was named for John; the ship was sponsored by his mother. The commissioning commanding officer was his brother James.

Class of 1929

John is one of 29 members of the Class of 1929 on Virtual Memorial Hall.