From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Rooney '23

Date of birth: July 8, 1902

Date of death: May 10, 1928

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:


Joseph was lost on May 10, 1928 when the plane he was piloting crashed off the coast of Oceanside, California. He was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 3S.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #3285 in 1926.

He has a memory marker in Pennsylvania.

Memorial Hall Error

Memorial Hall lists him as "John. J. Rooney;" his name was Joseph John Rooney. (There was no other "Rooney" in Class of '23, and no "John J. Rooney" in any Navy Directories or Officer Registers from the period.)

Class of 1923

John is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 on Virtual Memorial Hall.