JOHN P. LAY, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Date of birth: September 30, 1944

Date of death: April 19, 1971

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

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From the 1967 Lucky Bag:

JOHN PAUL LAY

A native from the swamplands of Baton Rouge, La., Johnny spent a year at L.S.U. before entering the Naval Academy. The "Deacon's" natural ability with academics consistently earned him "stars." While working on two majors, Johnny always had time to bestow his knowledge on less endowed members of the Brigade. His easy-going, quiet manner, led to a constant circle of friends around him. Johnny's favorite pastime is eating. He was always the last to be excused from the table after consuming vast quantities of hamburgers and other mess hall delicacies. His outstanding personality and leadership qualities have served him well here at the Academy and should be great assets in the Fleet.

He was also a member of the 1st Regiment staff (spring) and of the 3rd Battalion staff (fall).

Loss

John was killed when his A-7B Corsair II crashed during carrier qualifications on April 19, 1971 aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). He was a member of Strike Squadron (VA) 46.