JOHN P. MANFREDI, LCDR, USN
Birthdate & Date of Loss
|Date of birth:||September 27, 1928|
|Date of death:||November 26, 1965|
From the 1952 Lucky Bag:
John Philip Manfredi
Brooklyn, New York
Lover, as he was known by his wives, was delayed in his assault upon the academics here at the Academy by a two and one-half year tour of duty in the Fleet. As an aviation tech third class, he received a Regular Navy Appointment after successfully attending NAPS at Bainbridge, Md. An avid fan of photography, J. P. spent his idle hours here at the factory contributing to the Log and Trident. Although active in plebe lacrosse, subsequent years found him completely engrossed in that king of sports, "dragging." Being very much at home in an airplane, John hopes to make his career Naval aviation.
From an email from Jerrold "Zack" Zacharias on 2017.05.04:
John Manfredi was in an F-4 Phantom squadron on Forrestal and they were scheduled to do some night intercept work with one of the destroyers. I was the Air Wing Operations officer at the time and John had some concerns about the operation. So we had a meeting the afternoon before the flight to cover the procedures and any questions that John had. He was catapulted off the forward cat that evening and it appeared that he over-rotated the aircraft on launch, it stalled, flipped upside down and hit the water inverted in front of the ship. John Manfredi's wife and kids were over in the Med at the time and we had to notify them that John had been lost. That was a tough one.
He graduated the Naval War College in June 1963.
|Class of 1952|
|John is one of 48 members of the Class of 1952 in Memorial Hall.|
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