JOHN P. ESPOSITO, LT, USN
John Esposito '68
Date of birth: February 9, 1947
Date of death: June 25, 1974
From the 1968 Lucky Bag:
From China Lake Alumni:
June 25, 1974 - U.S. Navy Lieutenant John P. Esposito lost his life when his A-7E Corsair II (BuNo 158023) crashed while validating a new computerized weapons delivery system. John was 27 years old.
He is buried in Connecticut.
From the October 1974 issue of Shipmate:
Lt. John Philip Esposito, USN , died on 25 June 1974 in the crash of his A-7 jet bomber at the Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, Cal. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Louis Church in West Haven, Conn.
Lt. Esposito was a native of Orange, Conn., and a graduate of Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Conn. Following graduation from the Naval Academy with the class of 1968, Lt. Esposito graduated from jet flight training in March 1970 and was awarded a master's degree in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida. While in flight training at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Tex., he won the "High Flyer Award" for being in the top ten percent of his class. Lt. Esposito was a veteran of two combat tours in Vietnam.
Among his decorations were the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Lt. Esposito is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John C Esposito, 338 Smith Farm Rd., Orange, Conn., by a brother, Robert Esposito; and a sister, Mrs. Fred Weis.