JOHN D. PEACE, III, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Peace, III '57

Date of birth: November 18, 1935

Date of death: December 31, 1967

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1957 Lucky Bag:


Loss

USS Essex 1960 Rank Lieutenant Junior Grade

From Find A Grave:

LCDR John D. Peace III was an Intruder pilot and LT Gordon S. Perisho his Bombardier/Navigator; both were assigned to the 75th Attack Squadron onboard the KITTY HAWK.

On December 31, 1967, Peace and Perisho were launched from the carrier on a mission to strike a cave storage area in Vinh, North Vietnam.

The storage area was heavily defended by light and medium anti-aircraft fire as well as automatic weapons. It was also covered by one known surface-to-air missile (SAM) site.

Shortly after launch, the aircraft experienced radio difficulties and requested that another aircraft relay his position crossing the coastline inbound on his attack. This was accomplished and Perisho proceeded on his mission.

At approximately 1430 hours, the aircraft gave an "execute" transmission which activated electronic counter-measures (ECM) support in the target area.

This was the last transmission received from him. The aircraft was tracked by radar just north of Vinh and then disappeared from the radar scope at approximately 1431 local time.

Rescue aircraft were vectored immediately to within eleven miles of the last known position of Peace's and Perisho's aircraft.

However, no distress or emergency radio beeper signals were received. The rapidly deteriorating weather precluded rescue aircraft from proceeding further inland. Electronic surveillance was later initiated.

At no time was any emergency transmission heard by any of the search and rescue aircraft.

Both Perisho and Peace were declared Missing in Action.

He was promoted while in a missing status and declared dead on January 16, 1974.

Family

John was survived by his parents, John and Elna, and his ex-wife Sonya (remarried in 1973 to James Perry).

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Class of 1957

John is one of 38 members of the Class of 1957 in Memorial Hall.