JOHN J. CHAMBERS, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Chambers '50

Date of birth: March 28, 1928

Date of death: August 25, 1969

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1950 Lucky Bag:


Loss

John's portrait as Commanding Officer, Fighter Squadron (VF) 151, USS Constellation cruise book 1966

From the December 1969 issue of SHIPMATE:

Cdr. John J. Chambers, USN, died 25 Aug. as the result of an aircraft crash off the coast of San Diego. A requiem mass was held in the Naval Air Station Chapel, Miramar, Calif.

Cdr. Chambers was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and attended Villanova University before he was graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1950. He served in the USS Mindoro before flight training at Milton, Fla., and at Corpus Christi, Tex. Cdr. Chambers served as executive officer of Fighter Squadron 51 and from 1966 to 1967 he commanded Fighter Squadron 151, based at Miramar. At the time of the accident he was undergoing refresher flight training attached to Commander Readiness Attack Carrier Air Wing 12 at Miramar.

During the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, Cdr. Chambers was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with two gold stars, the Air Medal with nine gold stars, the Purple Heart Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with combat "V," and the Navy Unit Commendation.

He is survived by his widow Nancy and four children John Jr., Jane, Anne and Susan of 651 Solana Hills Court, Solana Beach, Ca. 94075; his mother Mrs. Agnes C. Chambers of Mountainside, N. J., and a sister Mrs. Dean Hertzog of Allentown, Pa.

From USNA 1950:

Highly decorated in the Korean and Viet Nam wars, Commander Chambers was to take command of Attack Carrier Air Wing 9 at Lemoore, CA, when killed at sea flying an F-4 phantom jet fighter off San Diego, CA.

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

Distinguished Flying Cross & Bronze Star

Unable to find the citations for his two Distinguished Flying Crosses and three Bronze Stars engraved on his memory marker. He was also awarded the Purple Heart prior to his loss.

Career

John was commanding officer of Fighter Squadron (VF) 151 from April 9, 1966 to March 1967. During this time the squadron was heavily engaged in the Vietnam War, operating from USS Constellation (CVA 64).


Class of 1950

John is one of 36 members of the Class of 1950 in Memorial Hall.