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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 5, 1931
Date of death: February 25, 1955
Age: 23

Lucky Bag

1953 Allard LB.jpg

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


Poplar Bluff, Missouri

A 'Show-Me' boy from Missouri, John attended the University of Missouri for one year before reporting to USNA for duty. John didn't like being confined behind the grey walls and was always glad for an opportunity to get out and see how the other half lived. Swimming tests were quite an ordeal for him. If J.R. laughed at a joke, it had to be a good one. The Academic Departments weren't able to cause him many trying moments . . . kept one jump ahead of the long arm of the Executive Department .... Hopes to spend his post-graduate days soaring through the wild blue. . . .


John was lost when his T-33 jet trainer crashed north of Victoria, Texas, on February 26, 1955. The other pilot aboard was also killed.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Class of 1953
John is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 in Memorial Hall.
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