As a young man, John was an USAF navigator classmate of mine. We entered training on 17 Nov 1959 at Lackland AFB, Texas as class 60-19N. After eight weeks of preflight training, we transferred to Harlingen AFB, Texas for undergraduate navigator training. After eight months of tough academic and flying training, about half of the class successfully graduated on 4 Oct 1960. Like I, John went on to Mather AFB, CA for advanced navigator upgrade training as Class 61-K. There some trained for duty as navigators in air refuelers, reconnaissance aircraft while others trained as navigators and bombardiers in B-52 and B-47 bombers. Upon graduation in June 1961, I believe John went on to an assignment as a B-52 navigator. Like most of us navigators, John had a strong desire to go to pilot training. A few years later, he was selected for USAF pilot training and upon graduation he went on the upgrade training in the F-105 aircraft. His first assignment was to Korat, Thailand where he was to fly very dangerous missions over North Vietnam. On his very first mission on 10 May 1966 while bombing a bridge 15 miles north of the DMZ near Xuan Hoa, NVN, he was lost when his aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire and crashed. The crash site was excavated in July 1995 and in March 1999 John's remains were identified and returned to the USA for burial. As a navigator classmate, John was a good friend, a dedicated student and he stood out as a young leader. He is undoubtedly sorely missed by all that knew him. I am proud to have known and served with him. His loss was not only a loss for his family, friends and classmates, but a great loss to the Air Force and America as well. He gave his all for the country he loved. For that he will always be remembered.