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 collided with another and then crashed off Point Loma, California.

He was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 2. There is a great squadron photo that includes him; it was taken in the mid 1930s at San Diego.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. "Lt. Duke is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eleanor S. Duke and two children, Eleanor and Johnnie, who left for Norfolk this week."

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 on Virtual Memorial Hall.