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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 31, 1927
Date of death: July 24, 1955
Age: 27

Lucky Bag

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From the 1949 Lucky Bag:

John C. Friend


One of 1949's younger entries, Smiley has been wearing stars on his collar since Plebe Year. His high school background in Fort Worth plus a year and a half as a Chemical Engineering major at Yale University was the major contributing factor to his ease at understanding any and all subjects thrown at him. He has been more than a little interested in one specialty, German, and has been on the after-dinner speaking list of many a German Club meeting. Much free time was spent in using a Yawl Command acquired Plebe Year or engaging in batt and company athletics. Preferred duty as far as this converted landlubber is concerned is with the submarines.


John was killed in a mid-air collision over Alabama. He is buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.


From The Corpus Christi Caller-Times on Tuesday, February 19, 1952:

… Lt. John C. Friend of San Antonio, Texas, was credited with knocking down one Red plane in the clash.…


John's name is on a memorial plate at SEC D ROW 9 SEAT 2 of Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.

Class Navigation

Class of 1949
John is one of 40 members of the Class of 1949 in Memorial Hall.
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