From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Prudhomme '61

Date of birth: November 15, 1937

Date of death: December 22, 1965

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1961 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant Prudhomme was a member of Attack Squadron 76, Carrier Air Wing 9 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVAN-65). On December 22, 1965, he was the pilot of a Douglas Attack Aircraft Skyhawk (A-4C) about 15 miles northeast of Haiphong, North Vietnam when he was shot down.

He was survived by his wife, Patricia, a son, David, and a daughter, Robin. (Information from February 1966 issue of Shipmate.)


From Wall of Faces:

I had the pleasure of growing up with Jack at Wright Patterson AFB from 1948 until 1955. I lost track of Jack but I graduated from West Point (61) and was an an Air Force pilot. I finally made it to the "wall" and I am sorry it took me so long. Rest in Peace Jack--Well Done! PHILLIPS W. SMITH, PHILLIPSWSMITH@YAHOO.COM, 5/25/09


John's Naval Academy ring is in the United States Naval Academy Museum class ring collection.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant John Douglas Prudhomme (NSN: 0-647889), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 22 December 1965, during an attack against a key North Vietnamese power installation.

General Orders: All Hands (September 1967)
Action Date: December 22, 1965
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant

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Class of 1961

John is one of 23 members of the Class of 1961 on Virtual Memorial Hall.