From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Florance, Jr. '53

Date of birth: November 20, 1930

Date of death: January 31, 1969

Age: 38

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


From the May 1969 issue of Shipmate.

From the May 1969 issue of Shipmate:

Cdr. John E. Florance Jr., USN, died 31 Jan. as a result of an aircraft accident near the Naval A ir Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va., where he was serving as executive officer of VF-102. A Memorial Mass was held in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, NAS Oceana.

Born in Manila, Philippine Islands, Cdr. Florance attended Severn School in Severna Park, Md., and was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1953. A year later he entered flight training and was designated a naval aviator in Oct. 1955. Following his first aviation assignment with VF-81 at NAS Oceana, he served with various fighter squadrons. While executive officer of VF-102 deployed to Southeast Asia aboard USS America, he completed 11 combat missions against North Vietnam.

Cdr. Florance held a Bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of science degree in astronautics from Stanford University, and was an associate member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Among other awards he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, several Air Medals, and a Bronze Star Medal.

He is survived by his widow Lila of 1417 Ashley Dr., Virginia Beach, Va. 23454; four children John III, Peter, Mary and Patricia, and his parents RAdm. John E. Florance Sr., USN (Ret.) '25 and Mrs. Florance of 40 Trad St., Charleston, S. C. 39401.

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery. His father was a graduate of the Class of 1925. (Information from April 1969 issue of Shipmate.)

Class of 1953

John is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 on Virtual Memorial Hall.