JOHN O. CURTIS, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Curtis '35

Date of birth: February 26, 1913

Date of death: September 6, 1943

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:

Loss

John was lost on September 6, 1943 — possibly when his F6F-3 Hellcat fighter crashed near Hawaii. He was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 24 and operating from USS Belleau Wood (CVL 24).

(Note: That crash is listed on September 1; there is no corresponding entry on September 6th.)

His brother was listed as next of kin.

Other

John was the Aviation Ordinance Officer aboard USS Yorktown (CV 5) during the Battle of Midway in June 1942.


Class of 1935

John is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 in Memorial Hall.