JOHN T. LYONS, JR., LTJG, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: February 7, 1925
Date of death: May 10, 1953
Age: 28

Lucky Bag

1947 Lyons LB.jpg

From the 1947 Lucky Bag:

John Thomas Lyons, Jr.

McComb, Mississippi

With his Southern drawl and easy ways, you might easily picture Dad resting beneath a Mississippi magnolia tree in the afternoon sun, and although taps and reveille have yet to catch him on his feet this does not give the whole story. John's plans for the future point skyward, toward speed and an expanse unrestricted by walls. Although not always a member of the renowned flying squadron, his dislike of Saturday's meat loaf encouraged him to seek the false freedom of Annapolis regularly. His Irish folk songs, coupled with an occasional Georgia Tech cheer, made him an always welcome hand on frequent week-end sailing trips.

The Class of 1947 was graduated in June 1946 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

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.

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

Question

Memory marker has LT; timing of his loss—nearly six years after graduation—would certainly imply he was a LT. Memorial Hall has LTJG. Which is correct?


Class Navigation

Class of 1947
John is one of 27 members of the Class of 1947 in Memorial Hall.
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