From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Gotjen, Jr. '26

Date of birth: February 9, 1904

Date of death: October 30, 1928

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

The Bee (Danville, Virginia) Wednesday, October 31, 1928, page six

Killed By Propeller
Washington. Oct. 31 - (INS) - Ensign John Herman (sic) Gotjen, Jr. of Charleston, S.C. was killed yesterday at the Pensacola Naval Air Station when he accidently walked into a whirling propeller, the navy department was advised today.

He is buried in South Carolina; his headstone bears the inscription:

In Loving Memory of Ensign John H. Gotjen, Jr., USN Feb 9, 1904 - Oct 30, 1928

Fatally Wounded on Old Corry Field Pensacola, Florida

Under the wide and starry sky,
Happy he lived and brave did he die.
Home is the sailor home from the sea,
Home where he ever loved to be.

He was survived by his parents.

Class of 1926

John is one of 36 members of the Class of 1926 on Virtual Memorial Hall.