From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Friend '49

Date of birth: July 31, 1927

Date of death: July 24, 1955

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1949 Lucky Bag:


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

He was survived by his wife, Mary, and daughter, Patricia. (Information from November 1955 issue of Shipmate.)

Korea Service

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 of 1949

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

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