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{{KeyDates|DoB=February 9, 1947|DoD=June 25, 1974|Age=27|name_class=John Esposito '68}}


== Lucky Bag ==
{{LuckyBag|LBLink=https://archive.org/details/luckybag1968unse|class=1968
From the [https://archive.org/details/luckybag1968unse 1968 Lucky Bag:]
|picture=1968 Esposito LB.jpg
|LBName=JOHN PHILIP ESPOSITO
|LBHometown=Orange, Connecticut
|LBText=Hailing from Connecticut, Jack entered the Naval Academy directly from Notre Dame High School in West Haven.
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"The Little Wop" often known as "Espo 67' has been very active at USNA in sailing as a skipper. To further his future Naval Career, Jack has been majoring in Aerodynamics and plans to go into Naval Aviation.
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It has been very interesting to follow Espo's life from week to week. Variety is the spice of life seems to be his motto.
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No matter whether or not its girls or the Navy, there is no doubt of his success in the future.}}
 
== Loss ==
From [http://www.chinalakealumni.org/Shipmates.htm China Lake Alumni:]
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June 25, 1974 - U.S. Navy Lieutenant John P. Esposito lost his life when his A-7E Corsair II (BuNo 158023) crashed while validating a new computerized weapons delivery system. John was 27 years old.
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== Other Information ==
[[File:1968 Esposito 1.jpg|right|thumb|350px|none|From his high school yearbook]]
From the October 1974 issue of ''Shipmate'':
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JOHN PHILIP ESPOSITO
Lt. John Philip Esposito, USN, died on 25 June 1974 in the crash of his A-7 jet bomber at the Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, Cal. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Louis Church in West Haven, Conn.


Hailing from Connecticut, Jack entered the Naval Academy directly from Notre Dame High School in West Haven. <br/><br/>"The Little Wop" often known as "Espo 67' has been very active at USNA in sailing as. a skipper. To further his future Naval Career, Jack has been majoring in Aerodynamics and plans to go into Naval Aviation. <br/><br/>It has been very interesting to follow Espo's life from week to week. Variety is the spice of life seems to be his motto. <br/><br/>No matter whether or not its girls or the Navy, there is no doubt of his success in the future.  
Lt. Esposito was a native of Orange, Conn., and a graduate of Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Conn. Following graduation from the Naval Academy with the class of 1968, Lt. Esposito graduated from jet flight training in March 1970 and was awarded a master's degree in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida. While in flight training at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Tex., he won the "High Flyer Award" for being in the top ten percent of his class. Lt. Esposito was a veteran of two combat tours in Vietnam.
 
Among his decorations were the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
 
Lt. Esposito is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John C Esposito, 338 Smith Farm Rd., Orange, Conn., by a brother, Robert Esposito; and a sister, Mrs. Fred Weis.
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[[File:1968 Esposito LB.jpg|400px]]
He [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/16214100/john-philip-esposito is buried in] Connecticut.


== Related Articles ==
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[[JAMES D. JONES, 1LT, USMC|James Jones '68]] and [[RICHARD H. BUZZELL, LTJG, USN|Richard Buzzell '68]] were also in 22nd Company.
[[JAMES D. JONES, 1LT, USMC|James Jones '68]] and [[RICHARD H. BUZZELL, LTJG, USN|Richard Buzzell '68]] were also in 22nd Company.
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Latest revision as of 12:29, 13 November 2020

John Esposito '68

Date of birth: February 9, 1947

Date of death: June 25, 1974

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1968 Lucky Bag:

1968 Esposito LB.jpg

JOHN PHILIP ESPOSITO

Orange, Connecticut

Hailing from Connecticut, Jack entered the Naval Academy directly from Notre Dame High School in West Haven.

"The Little Wop" often known as "Espo 67' has been very active at USNA in sailing as a skipper. To further his future Naval Career, Jack has been majoring in Aerodynamics and plans to go into Naval Aviation.

It has been very interesting to follow Espo's life from week to week. Variety is the spice of life seems to be his motto.

No matter whether or not its girls or the Navy, there is no doubt of his success in the future.

1968 Esposito LB.jpg

JOHN PHILIP ESPOSITO

Orange, Connecticut

Hailing from Connecticut, Jack entered the Naval Academy directly from Notre Dame High School in West Haven.

"The Little Wop" often known as "Espo 67' has been very active at USNA in sailing as a skipper. To further his future Naval Career, Jack has been majoring in Aerodynamics and plans to go into Naval Aviation.

It has been very interesting to follow Espo's life from week to week. Variety is the spice of life seems to be his motto.

No matter whether or not its girls or the Navy, there is no doubt of his success in the future.

Loss

From China Lake Alumni:

June 25, 1974 - U.S. Navy Lieutenant John P. Esposito lost his life when his A-7E Corsair II (BuNo 158023) crashed while validating a new computerized weapons delivery system. John was 27 years old.

Other Information

From his high school yearbook

From the October 1974 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. John Philip Esposito, USN, died on 25 June 1974 in the crash of his A-7 jet bomber at the Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, Cal. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Louis Church in West Haven, Conn.

Lt. Esposito was a native of Orange, Conn., and a graduate of Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Conn. Following graduation from the Naval Academy with the class of 1968, Lt. Esposito graduated from jet flight training in March 1970 and was awarded a master's degree in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida. While in flight training at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Tex., he won the "High Flyer Award" for being in the top ten percent of his class. Lt. Esposito was a veteran of two combat tours in Vietnam.

Among his decorations were the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Lt. Esposito is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John C Esposito, 338 Smith Farm Rd., Orange, Conn., by a brother, Robert Esposito; and a sister, Mrs. Fred Weis.

He is buried in Connecticut.

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James Jones '68 and Richard Buzzell '68 were also in 22nd Company.


Class of 1968

John is one of 29 members of the Class of 1968 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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