From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Magee '39

Date of birth: March 9, 1917

Date of death: July 17, 1945

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Lt. Cmdr. John W. Magee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Magee of Harrisville, was killed in an air crash at Panama City, Fla., July 17.

He was flying a jet plane when it collided with another. His parachute failed to open in time.

Commander of the Destroyer Shaw [note: this is not correct; he was stationed aboard but an Ensign] when its bow was blown off at Pearl Harbor, Cmdr. Magee transferred to the Naval Air Force after getting out of the hospital. He escaped again when the Block Island, a small carrier, was sunk in mid-Atlantic a year ago. He then served on another carrier until the war with Germany ended.

His body will be returned to Harrisville for burial. The Pittsburgh Press, July 21, 1945


Prior to serving on the Destroyer Shaw John was assigned to the USS New Orleans.

Class of 1939

John is one of 77 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.