From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Black '38

Date of birth: January 19, 1915

Date of death: December 7, 1941

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


John was lost when USS Utah (AG 16) was sunk on December 7, 1941 during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor.

His mother was listed as next of kin. There is a memorial plaque at the Utah State Capitol building as well as the USS Utah Memorial in Pearl Harbor, HI honoring the 54 men who died on December 7, 1941.


John was commisioned an Ensign on June 2, 1938 and assigned to the USS Saratoga (CV-3). In 1940 he was transferred to an Aircraft Battle Force assignment. On June 2, 1941 he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade, and by the end of 1941 was aboard the USS Utah (BB-31).

On January 25, 1943 the Navy posthumously awarded John a letter of commendation "for exceptional courage, coolness and devotion to duty while serving aboard the U.S.S. Utah, during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941."

Class of 1938

John is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.