From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Bock '45

Date of birth: September 22, 1921

Date of death: January 9, 1945

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

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."

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Robert Fair '33 and Robert Wolter, Jr. '41 were also lost in this incident.

Everett Herman '45 and Wilson Shafer, Jr. '45 were also in 2nd Company.

Class of 1945

John is one of 59 members of the Class of 1945 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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