From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Lindahl '65

Date of birth: March 28, 1941

Date of death: January 6, 1973

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1965 Lucky Bag:


From Wall of Faces:

LT John C. Lindahl was a Navy pilot assigned to Attack Squadron 56 (VA-56) aboard the USS Midway. On January 6, 1973, LT Lindahl launched from the USS Midway in an A-7B Corsair II (#154543). The launch seemed normal, yet the plane veered and dove into the ocean shortly after takeoff. The crash was observed from the ship, and within 45 seconds, helicopters and divers were on the scene, but it was too late. Lindahl had gone down with his aircraft. His body was not recovered.

From the The Merced Sun-Star on January 10, 1973:

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Naval Air Station Lemoore Chapel for Lt. John Carl Lindahl who was lost at sea Friday when his aircraft crashed after launching from the Aircraft Carrier USS Midway in the Gulf of Tonkin. His wife is the former Virginia Wright of Merced. Lt. Lindahl, 31, was a member of the Lemoore-based Attack Squadron 56 at the time of the accident. He had previously served with Lemoore-based Attack Squadron 144 and 125. He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1965. In addition to his wife, Lt. Lindahl is survived by a daughter, Christine; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo E. Lindahl of Lindsborg, Kan. The Lindahls made their home in Hanford.


From Wall of Faces:

It has been many years yet it seems like yesterday you were sleeping in the electrician shop on board ship. you just wanted to hang out with us enlisted guys. I have never forgot you. I was only 19 and you always made me feel good around you. Thank you for making me a better person today. AE3 FRED R. REINA, FRREINA@COMCAST.NET, 8/14/11

John was one of a few Administrative officers I lost as a Yeoman Third Class on a cruise that proved to be the longest 11 months of our lives. He proved to be a counselor as well as a friend. I shall never forget the day he caught the "cold cat". It was one of the saddest days of my life. LEO CARPENTER YN3, 2/28/02

John was a class act. He was a professional Officer as well as pilot. I was in his fleet transition class to the A7. John, myself and the other three members of our class along with our wives became very close friends.

John was lost late in our combat cruise, at a time when most of us thought we were about to go home safely. I remember at John's memorable service on the ship, his CO calling him a Gentleman's Gentleman. I could think of no better expression of John and his character. He is missed. MIKE COBB, 12/23/98

Memorial Hall Error?

John is not listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall. While not an obvious error, inclusion on the panel for crashes like this (incidental to combat flights) has been inconsistent across WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Class of 1965

John is one of 23 members of the Class of 1965 on Virtual Memorial Hall.