From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Wheeler '43

Date of birth: September 20, 1920

Date of death: November 25, 1944

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


John was lost when a Japanese kamikaze aircraft struck his position aboard USS Cabot (CVL 28) on November 25, 1944. Sixty-two officers and men were killed or wounded in the attack.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant John Thomas Wheeler (NSN: 0-165349), United States Navy, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving as Control Officer of an anti-aircraft gun aboard the Light Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. CABOT (CVL-28), on 25 November 1944, off the coast of the Philippines. Lieutenant Wheeler directed the fire from his guns in the face of a crash-diving enemy aircraft approaching directly at him. With utter disregard of his personal safety he performed coolly and efficiently until this aircraft actually struck his gun platform. He is reported as Missing in Action. This courageous action was instrumental in sufficiently damaging the Japanese aircraft so that it deflected from striking a vital portion of this vessel. His courage and skill were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Commander 2d Carrier Task Force Pacific: Serial 01410 (February 26, 145)
Action Date: 25-Nov-44
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Control Officer
Division: U.S.S. Cabot (CVL-28)

Class of 1943

John is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.