From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Harrington '67

Date of birth: February 19, 1945

Date of death: September 28, 1968

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1967 Lucky Bag:


From the January 1969 issue of Shipmate.

From the January 1969 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. (jg) John P. Harrington, USN, was killed 28 Sept. in an aircraft accident near Kingsville, Tex., during a simulated rocket attack. He was serving with Training Squadron 22 at Kingsville in the advanced jet flight program. Services were held at South Orange, N. J., his hometown, with interment in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hanover, N. J.

Lt. Harrington was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., and graduated from the Naval Academy with the class of 1967. He completed basic flight training at Pensacola, Fla., before his assignment at Kingsville.

Surviving are his widow, Victoria R., of 257 Crystal Terrace, Haddonfield, N. J. 08033; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Harrington of 123 Roland Ave., South Orange, N. J. 07079; four brothers, William, Dennis, Michael and Paul; and five sisters, Pegeen, Jane, Patricia, Kathleen and Mary Elise.

John is buried in New Jersey.


From the Class of 1967's 50th Reunion Yearbook, courtesy of William Belden '67:

John hailed from South Orange, New Jersey, where he graduated from Seton Hall Prep in 1963. He was an all-state football player and Student Body President at Seton Hall, and also had appointments to both West Point and the Coast Guard Academy before choosing USNA.

While he was at USNA, John was not content to just get through the curriculum. He took extra courses in aerodynamics and aerospace in the hopes of becoming an astronaut, and spent many hours with our late classmate Mike Smith working on these courses. He was also a member of the Brigade Honor Committee and a 3 striper first class year. Additionally, he spent many hours helping classmates with their academics and more than a few credit him with helping them graduate from USNA.

In sports, a separated shoulder in high school football prevented him playing football at Navy. Interestingly, John said he enjoyed playing intramurals with the 33 Mets as much or more as high school athletics. He played lightweight football Youngster year, and almost starved himself to death in order to make the one weigh in at the beginning of the season. A ferocious blocker and pass protector, he was instrumental in helping the Mets to an outstanding season. He was also a stalwart on the fieldball team, once breaking his nose, and just moving it back in place to and kept playing.

John went to Pensacola after graduation for aviation flight training, the first step in his dream of becoming an astronaut. He was killed tragically on a training flight in an F-9 near Kingsville, Texas on September 28, 1968. John was survived by his wife of 6 weeks, the former Vicki Sclafani and numerous friends, both in and out of the Navy, who mourn his loss to this day.

Submitted by Jim Perley

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