JOHN A. COLLETT, LCDR, USN
John Collett '29
Date of birth: March 31, 1908
Date of death: October 26, 1942
From the 1929 Lucky Bag:
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.
USS Collett (DD 730) was named for John; the ship was sponsored by his mother. The commissioning commanding officer was his brother James.