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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: January 26, 1919
Date of death: September 11, 1943
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

1942 Green LB.jpg

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


Jig Jig, Johnny

The Kansas City Naval Reserves sent Johnny with forehand knowledge of the Navy. His "no lend—no borrow" policy made him more of a roommate than a "wife, " but his amiable nature and easy-going manner made many friends. In an argument J.J. was always right until proved wrong, but then he would freelv admit his error.

Battalion Football; Football Manager 4, 3, 2, NA; Lucky Bag; 2/c P.O.; 3 Stripes.

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.


John was one of 202 officers and men lost when USS Rowan (DD 405) sank in less than a minute following a torpedo hit from a German E-boat in the Gulf of Salerno early on the morning of September 11, 1943.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

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Class of 1942
John is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.
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