From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Date of birth: February 9, 1947

Date of death: June 27, 1974

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

1968 Esposito LB.jpg

From the 1968 Lucky Bag:


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.


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.

Note this and other sites have June 25 as date of the crash, compared to Find A Grave's June 27. Unclear if he survived the crash and then died of his injuries or if one date is in error.

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