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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: March 23, 1925
Date of death: November 22, 1959
Age: 34

Lucky Bag

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From the 1947 Lucky Bag:

John Lamar Switzer

Pensacola, Florida

Here, ladies and gentlemen, we have the eighth wonder of the world, a Naval aviator's son who doesn't aspire to be a fly boy. John came from New Mexico Military Institute and always thought the deck we lived on should have been called a stoop. When not playing cards with his Bridge Club, consisting entirely of plebes who wouldn't dare complain about his playing, John could be found talking to re-exam buddies or admiring his collection of foo-foo juices. To him a smile is about the most useless action of man, a hearty laugh is no more trouble, so why go only half way?

The Class of 1947 was graduated in June 1946 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


From Find A Grave:

Lt. Cmdr. J. L. Switzer, USN, a designated Naval Aviator, died as result of an aircraft accident.

In 1948 married the former Miss Mary Carroll Brent, and they had three sons.


From History of NAS Patuxent River, Maryland:

Switzer Road – In honor of Navy Lt. Cmdr. John L. Switzer who lost his life in an A4D-2N that exploded in midair in the Patuxent River, on 21 November 1959


In addition to his wife and sons, he was survived by his parents and sister. His father was a 1921 graduate who commanded two aircraft carriers in World War II and retired a Vice Admiral. His mother was the first woman named to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Board, in 1992. His younger brother, Wendell Switzer, Jr. '53, was lost in a naval aviation accident in 1955.

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His younger brother, Wendell Switzer, Jr. '53, was also lost in an aircraft accident.

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John is one of 27 members of the Class of 1947 in Memorial Hall.
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