JOHN C. FRIEND, CAPT, USAF

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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

FORT WORTH, TEXAS

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.

Loss

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

Other

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.…

Memorials

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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