From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Duke '26

Date of birth: February 16, 1903

Date of death: December 9, 1938

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:


John was lost on December 9, 1938 when the plane he was aboard crashed off Point Loma, California. (Per February 1939 issue of SHIPMATE.) The Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1938 lists him as a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 2.

He is buried (or has a memory marker?) in Arlington National Cemetery.

His class ring is in the collection of the US Naval Academy Museum.

Class of 1926

John is one of 36 members of the Class of 1926 in Memorial Hall.