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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 22, 1922
Date of death: February 1, 1952
Age: 29

Lucky Bag

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From the 1946 Lucky Bag:

John Palmer Ruckel

Arkansas City, Kansas

From his home port he came to Crabtown; plain, pleasing, and unaffected "J. P." Anyone who could smile on Monday morning, become interested in an afternoon Steam drill, or be perpetually enthusiastic on a variety of subjects amid studies and sports, sparingly punctuated with demerits and dragging, must be a derivative of "B-1." We some times wondered about John, but his happy hours of sack drill broke some illusions. If any one topic ever has to absorb all those ergs of energy, John's doomed to success, even though it be something as baffling as the mysteries of Juice.

The Class of 1946 was graduated in June 1945 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


From the Find A Grave entry for his wife, Molly Jane:

Molly Jane and John had two children, Gail and Andy, and were stationed in Florida, Texas and Alameda, CA. Ironically, after serving two tours of duty as a fighter pilot over Korea, John was killed during a training mission flying from Sacramento to Alameda.

John was co-pilot of the plane when it crashed; the pilot was also lost.

John met Molly at the wedding of her sister Peggy to one of his classmates. He is buried in Kansas.

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Class of 1946
John is one of 35 members of the Class of 1946 in Memorial Hall.
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