From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Dalton '38

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: July 18, 1943

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


John was lost when his F4F-4 Wildcat fighter was shot down on July 18, 1943 while escorting land-based bombers over the Russell Islands in the Solomon Island chain. He was flying with Fighting Squadron (VF) 28, possibly from USS Sangamon (CVE 26). (Note: One site lists him as flying from USS Independence (CVL 22); that ship departed San Francisco on July 14 and therefore could not have been John's ship.)

His mother was listed as next of kin.

Memorial Hall Error

Some sites have him listed as a LCDR; Memorial Hall has LT.

Class of 1938

John is one of 69 members of the Class of 1938 in Memorial Hall.