From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Mehlig '37

Date of birth: January 19, 1915

Date of death: February 21, 1945

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1937 Lucky Bag:


John was lost when USS Bismarck Sea (CVE 95) was sunk by two kamikazes on February 21, 1945 while supporting the invasion of Iwo Jima. He was the ship's executive officer.

He does not have anyone listed as next of kin.


John was promoted to LTJG on June 3, 1940; on December 2, 1941 he was designated naval aviator #9988. He was promoted to LT on January 2, 1942 and reported as executive officer of Fighting Squadron (VF) 6 aboard USS Enterprise (CV 6) on August 24, 1942. He was promoted to LCDR on July 1, 1943 and on some unknown date after this became executive officer of USS Bismarck Sea (CVE 95). (Information from Richard Leonard, naval aviation historian.)

Class of 1937

John is one of 45 members of the Class of 1937 on Virtual Memorial Hall.