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John Foley '53

Date of birth: April 17, 1928

Date of death: November 27, 1956

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


John was lost on November 27, 1956 when his Skyraider crashed on Long Island, New York.

From Pottsville Republican on December 28, 1956:

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (UP)— The pilot of a Navy plane from nearby Pomona Naval Air Station was listed as missing today following the crash of his Skyraider fighter plane in Long Island Sound off Montauk Point, N.Y.

The missing man was identified as Lt. John E. Foley, 29, whose mother lives in Philadelphia. Foley and his wife, the former Mrs. Betty Bailey, 27, of Norfolk, Va., made their home in Northfield, N.J., near here.

Ens. John Madigan, the pilot of another Skyraider accompanying Foley on a flight to Quonset Point, R.I., saw Foley's plane crash into the sound Thursday. Madigan circled the scene for some time, but saw no sign of the downed pilot.

Foley, a former pharmacist's mate, received an appointment to the US Naval Academy in 1949 and graduated in 1953. He won his Navy wings in February, 1955.

Class of 1953

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