JOHN P. PRICE, LTJG, USN
John Price '58
Date of birth: June 2, 1935
Date of death: August 22, 1961
From the 1958 Lucky Bag:
From Kingsport News (Kingsport, Tennessee) on August 24, 1961:
A Navy pilot was killed Tuesday while attempting to land his F8U Crusader jet fighler on the aircraft carrier Independence in the western Mediterranean, Naval air force headquarters here reported Wednesday. He was identified as Lt. (j.g.) John P. Price, attached to Fighter Squadron 84, an Oceana-based unit assigned to USS Independence for a six-month deployment with the U.S. 6th Fleet. Price is survived by his wife, Mrs. Patricia A. Price of Baltimore. Md.; his mother. Mrs. Elizabeth [garbled] also of Ballimore: and his falher. Orlando K Price of Fort Laudcrdale. Fla.
From the December 1961 issue of Shipmate:
It is my sad duty to inform the class of the death of Lt (jg) JOHN PAUL PRICE. John was killed 22 August when his F8 Crusader crashed into the waters of the Western Mediterranean. John was serving in USS INDEPENDENCE with VF-84. He is survived by his widow, Patricia, and one child, Debra Ann, one year old. John was a fine person, officer and Naval Aviator, a man the class will certainly miss.
He has a memory marker in Maryland. The inscription reads: "In memory of our beloved son, Lt. John Paul Price, U.S.N. Lost in the Meditterranean, while serving his country."
Jack Hoel '58 was also a member of 6th Company.