JOHN T. LYONS, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Lyons, Jr. '47

Date of birth: February 7, 1925

Date of death: May 10, 1953

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1947 Lucky Bag:

Loss

John was a pilot of an F9F Panther that crashed aboard USS Tarawa (CVA 40) while operating in the Mediterranean. He has a memory marker in Mississippi.

Biography

From the Enterprise Journal on May 13, 1953

From researcher Kathy Franz:

John graduated from McComb High School in 1942. After a year at Georgia Institute of Technology, he was appointed to the Naval Academy. He served two years in the Pacific aboard the carrier USS Princeton, then took flight training.

In Montreal, Canada, the summer of 1952, he met Miss Patricia Stancliff of Hartford, Connecticut. They became engaged and were to be married as soon as his tour of duty was over.

Survivors included his father John, mother Jimmie, brothers Louis and William, sister Louise, grandparents Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Turner, and other relatives. His father was a machinist on the steam railroad and was also re-elected as a Selectman-at-Large in McComb, Mississippi, in November 1952.

With John’s death, the city issued this resolution:

“On motion duly made and seconded, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND SELECTMEN OF THE CITY OF McCOMB CITY, MISSISSIPPI, AS FOLLOWS, to wit:

That the members of this board are deeply shocked over the loss of the son of our member, John T. Lyons, and deep regret and sympathy are hereby extended to our brother member and to his wife and family.

That as a measure of comfort it should be remembered that John Thomas Lyons, Jr., was generally regarded as one of the finest young men ever reared in this City, he was a gentleman of the highest type, and his loss will be felt by the people of this City as well as by his family.

That it is the wish and prayer of this Board that God will comfort the hearts of his parents and relatives.

It is further ordered that this resolution be spread upon the minutes of this Board as a perpetual memorial to John Thomas Lyons, Jr.

Unanimously adopted, May 12, 1953.

(SEAL) Approved: J. W. Alford, Mayor. ATTEST: E. J. Triche, City Clerk.

It appears that he had a son, John T. Lyons III '68, who retired as an admiral.

Memorial Hall Error

John was a Lieutenant with date of rank April 10, 1950. His memory marker and the July 1953 issue of Shipmate both have his rank as Lieutenant; Memorial Hall has LTJG.


Class of 1947

John is one of 29 members of the Class of 1947 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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