From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Micheel '40

Date of birth: April 5, 1916

Date of death: January 31, 1953

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


1940 Micheel 1.jpg
From Oriskany's cruise book.

From Find a Grave:

USNA Class of 1940, Commander Micheel was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was the pilot of an AD-3 Skyraider dive bomber and the Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron 125 (923) aboard the USS ORISKANY (CVA-34). On February 1, 1953, while leading an attack on an enemy bridge in the "Punchbowl" area of North Korea, his aircraft was struck by enemy anti-aircraft fire, lost its wing and crashed. Through his skill and courage, he destroyed a major section of the bridge before crashing to the ground. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. ** For his leadership and valor, Commander Micheel was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He has a memory marker in South Dakota.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Commander John Carl Micheel (NSN: 0-122822), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving as Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron NINE HUNDRED TWENTY-THREE (VA-923), embarked in U.S.S. ORISKANY (CVA-34), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 1 February 1951.

General Orders: All Hands (May 1954)
Action Date: February 1, 1951
Rank: Commander
Company: Attack Squadron 923 (VA-923)
Division: U.S.S. Oriskany (CVA-34)

Class of 1940

John is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 on Virtual Memorial Hall.