From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Martin '67

Date of birth: February 18, 1945

Date of death: November 25, 1969

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1967 Lucky Bag:


From the February 1970 issue of Shipmate:

Lt.(jg) John R. Martin, USN , died 25 November as the result of an aircraft accident at Jacksonville, Fla. He was a pilot with Attack Squadron 172, based at the Naval Air Station, Cecil Field, at the time of the accident.

Lt. (jg) Martin, born in Youngstown, Ohio, was a member of the 35th Company at the Naval Academy and was graduated in June 1967. He had naval air training at Pensacola and in May 1969 joined Attack Squadron 172.

He is survived by his widow Linda and a son Richard Lee Martin of #113 Yorkshire Londontowne Apts., 1591 South Lane Ave., Jacksonville, Fla. 32210, and his parents Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Martin of 1814 Lovers Lane Terrace, St. Joseph, Mo. 64505.

From A-4 Skyhawk:

November 25, 1969
Lt(jg). John R. Martin and Lt(jg). Robert A. McLeery were killed when A-4C BuNo 149523 collided with A-4C BuNo 147839 at low level while in formation with a 3rd Skyhawk. Portions of one crashed into a home along State Road 13 about 30 miles south of Jacksonville, FL and the other cut a fiery swath through an orange grove in the Switzerland area of St. Johns county.
Ocala, FL, Ocala Star Banner, Wednesday, November 26, 1969.

John is buried in Missouri.

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Class of 1967

John is one of 34 members of the Class of 1967 on Virtual Memorial Hall.