From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Ruckel '46

Date of birth: July 22, 1922

Date of death: February 1, 1952

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1946 Lucky Bag:


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.

Class of 1946

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