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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 9, 1918
Date of death: May 29, 1945
Age: 27

Lucky Bag

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From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


Clarksburg, W. Va.

A native of the hills of West Virginia, "Vitch" was never much interested in education, but due to the normal parental influence he had to put up with such. His career was planned as a lawyer. Due to some quirk of fate, however, he chose the sea. After a year at Marion Military Institute, he found himself duly sworn in as a midshipman. He's a rather quiet sort of fellow and picks his own friends. One could say he's a radical in a moderate sense of the word. At least he has his own ideas and is known for carrying them out. People that don't know him could term him cynical. He's not self-centered but unless approached for an opinion, he refuses to let another's troubles bother him. Although considered a hard sort among the plebes, nothing suits him more than being his own boss. He likes glamorous haircuts, Washington, and good times, the latter which he promotes with his favorite words, heard in many a distant port, "Let's have a party."

Water Polo 4; Outdoor Rifle 4, 3, 2; Log Exchange Editor.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.


John was lost when his Curtis SB2C-4E Helldiver crashed during training off the coast of Hawaii. The other person aboard was also lost.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. John was survived by his wife, who later remarried.

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Class of 1941
John is one of 59 members of the Class of 1941 in Memorial Hall.
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