JOHN P. BOCK, ENS, USN
John Bock '45
Date of birth: September 22, 1921
Date of death: January 9, 1945
From the 1945 Lucky Bag:
John was lost with seventeen others on January 9, 1945 while aboard USS Colorado (BB 45), operating in Lingayen Gulf, when the ship was struck by "accidental gunfire" from an unspecified source. (One site gives "Sky Control struck by 5″ shells"). In addition to the seventeen deaths, fifty-one other officers and men were wounded in the incident.
John was buried at sea.
John was one of President Jimmy Carter's first classmen when President Carter was a plebe. (Information from March 1977 issue of Shipmate.)
From researcher Kathy Franz: "Father was Ben, a farmer, mother Minnie, brothers David and Bennie; sisters Wilma, Carlie, Angeline and Kathlyn. In 1940 both David and John worked on the farm."