From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Downer '75

Date of birth: January 8, 1953

Date of death: December 18, 1977

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1975 Lucky Bag:


John was killed when his A-7 Corsair II crashed near Naval Air Station Fallon, NV, on December 18, 1977. He was a member of Attack Squadron (VA) 122, which was stationed at NAS Lemore, CA and temporarily detached to Fallon Naval Air Station.


He was survived by his wife, Sherri, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Downer, and brother Glenn.

John is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Scotland, South Dakota.

Class of 1975

John is one of 8 members of the Class of 1975 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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