JOHN M. DICKEY, JR., 1LT, USAF

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Dickey, Jr. '61

Date of birth: July 20, 1939

Date of death: March 25, 1965

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1961 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Find A Grave:

On the evening of 25 March 1965, USAF C-130E Hercules 63-7797 of the 779th Troop Carrier Squadron, 317th Wing, Pope Air Force Base, flying for the 464th Troop Carrier Wing at Evreaux, France, hit a high-tension line on a ridge top and crashed near Alençon, France, killing all seven crew. 1Lt Dickey was the navigator.

From the May 1965 issue of SHIPMATE:

1st Lt. John M. Dickey, Jr., USAF, died on 25 March in the crash of an Air Force cargo plane of which he was co-pilot, near Paris, France. He had been on a nine-week mission to Europe which began 1 March, and was assigned to the 779th Troop Carrier Wing, Pope Air Force Base, Nordi Carolina. Services were held at the Ft. Myer Chapel on 8 April, with interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

Lt. Dickey attended Bullis Preparatory School and was graduated from the Naval Academy in 1961. He received flight training at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Various tours of duty included action in the Congo airlift last fall and troop-carrying missions in Vietnam.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Linda Shutt Dickey, and a son, Mark Bradley of 759 Yorkshire Dr., Fayetteville, N.C.; his father, Mr. J. Maxwell Dickey and a brother, Brian Craig Dickey of Kensington, Md.

John is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Class of 1961

John is one of 23 members of the Class of 1961 in Memorial Hall.