From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Boal '37

Date of birth: January 8, 1914

Date of death: August 5, 1942

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1937 Lucky Bag:


John was lost on August 5, 1942, when his scout aircraft crashed near Japan. He was a member of Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 9, flying from USS Boise (CL 47). Boise was performing a raid to divert Japanese attention from the operations around Guadalcanal.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Memorial Hall Error

John is one of three men from the Class of 1937 who are recorded in Memorial Hall as being killed in action during World War II, but who are not listed with their classmates.

Class of 1937

John is one of 48 members of the Class of 1937 on Virtual Memorial Hall.