From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Bisson '30

Date of birth: October 7, 1908

Date of death: August 9, 1942

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1930 Lucky Bag:


John was lost when USS Vincennes (CA 44) was sunk early in the morning of August 9, 1942 by Japanese surface forces at the Battle of Savo Island.

His wife was listed as next of kin.


From A Log of the Vincennes:

Lieutenant Commander Bisson was born at Abingdon, Illinois, on November 25, 1906. He was appointed Midshipman from the Nineteenth Illinois District on June 28, 1926, and was graduated from the United States Naval Academy four years later. From 1930 to 1932, he served on board the U.S.S. Texas and the U.S.S. Hatfield. He was commissioned Lieutenant (jg) February 26, 1934, to rank from June 5, 1933. On June 20. 1938, he was commissioned Lieutenant (sg) to rank from June 2 of that year. He served on the U.S.S. Lawrence from April 2, 1934, to September 24, 1934. He also served with Destroyer Squadron Five from November 26, 1934, to April 13, 1937.

On June 28, 1937, Lieutenant Commander Bisson went to the Naval Academy for instruction at the Post Graduate School where he remained until May 20, 1939. Shortly thereafter he was assigned to the Naval Boiler Laboratory, at Philadelphia, for further instruction. From June 23, 1939, to March 13, 1942, he served on board the U.S.S. Gridley as Engineer Officer and later as Executive Officer. On April 26, 1942, he reported for duty as Engineer Officer on the Vincennes, and while serving on that ship he was commissioned Lieutenant Commander to rank from June 15, 1942. He was among those listed as missing in action after the sinking of the Vincennes in the Battle of Savo Island. His wife, Mrs. Melba Bisson, lives at 565 Geary Street, Sail Francisco.

Class of 1930

John is one of 42 members of the Class of 1930 on Virtual Memorial Hall.