From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Gillon '20

Date of birth: September 21, 1896

Date of death: May 7, 1937

Age: 40

Lucky Bag

From the 1920 Lucky Bag:


John was lost on May 7, 1937, when his aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from USS Saratoga (CV 2). He was the commanding officer of Scouting Squadron (VS) 2B.

He was survived by his wife, Eileen, and two daughters, Marie and Nancy.

From Marie's obituary:

Her father, John Francis Gillon, was a graduate of the US Naval Academy and had a distinguished military career as a pilot in the US Navy. Her mother Eileen, sister Nancy, and she moved often, mostly in the east and west coasts of the United States, to be where Lt. Commander Gillon was stationed.

In 1937, her father died when the airplane he was flying off the USS Saratoga crashed into the ocean during military maneuvers. Eileen, Nancy, and Marie then moved to the family home in Rhode Island, and after one year drove back across the country to reside in Point Loma, San Diego.

Marie was a member of the WAVES during WWII; she included it on her headstone sixty years later.

Memorial Hall Error

Memorial Hall has his rank as CDR; all references found (and his headstone) are LCDR.

Class of 1920

John is one of 27 members of the Class of 1920 on Virtual Memorial Hall.