From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Lawler '59

Date of birth: January 31, 1937

Date of death: August 13, 1964

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1959 Lucky Bag:


From Redlands Daily Facts on August 19, 1964:

SAN DIEGO (UPI) - Coast Guard authorities late Tuesday called off a search for a Navy pilot whose plane crashed 21 miles south of San Clemente Island. The Navy said Lt. John T. Lawler, 27, of Fighter Squadron 162 at Miramar Naval Air Station, apparently suffered fatal head injuries on impact. Lawler leaves his widow, Sylvia, of San Diego, and his mother, Mrs. Alice Wright Wakeford, Kelso, Wash.

From the November 1964 issue of Shipmate:

All of the 23rd Co. and others who knew him well know we have lost a top-notch classmate and an outstanding officer. Our sympathy goes out to Sylvia and the baby.

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Ronald Obenland '59 was also in 23rd Company.

Class of 1959

John is one of 32 members of the Class of 1959 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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