From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Hogan '68

Date of birth: November 11, 1945

Date of death: May 20, 1979

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1968 Lucky Bag:


From VHPA:

Washington Post, May 21, 1979

LONDONDERRY, N.H., May 20 (AP)--A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed "in a ball of fire" today and killed all five crew members aboard, authorities said.

Master Sgt. James Duncan of Pease Air Force in Newington said there were no survivors.

Duncan said the craft took off Sunday morning from Norfolk Naval Air Station en route to Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine.

The dead, all Navy personnel living in the Norfolk area were Lt. Cmdr. Lynwood H. Duncan, 34, originally of Greensboro, N.C.; Lt. Cmdr. James P. Hogan, 34, of Davenport, Iowa; Lt. Paul Melotte, 31, of Funkstown, Md; Petty Officer Second Class Michael J. Kennedy, 25, of Warminster, Pa., and Airman Apprentice Paul J. Dellas, 21, of San Jose, Calif.

The Navy H2 helicopter went down in a field near a sparsely populated residential area in the northern part of this community of about 12,000 south of Manchester.

The Londonderry fire dispatcher said the craft was "a ball of fire" after it hit the ground, but it did not endanger any homes in the area.

Note mis-identification of Jack as "James" in the article; believe this is a simple mistake.

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Theodore Vivilacqua '68 and Thomas West '68 were also in 13th Company.

Paul Mellott, Jr. '70 was also lost in this crash.

Jack likely overlapped with at least one of the men who served in Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) (HA(L)) 3.

Class of 1968

John is one of 29 members of the Class of 1968 on Virtual Memorial Hall.