Veterans' Memorial Project

John Gary Griffith

Kansas City, MO

Vietnam War

College: Fine & Applied Arts

Graduation Year: 1959

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Date of Birth: 01/10/1936

Date of Death: 03/12/1968

Lieutenant Commander Griffith was killed in a crash of a Naval A-6A Intruder in the Gulf of Tonkin shortly after being launched from the USS Enterprise for a night mission over North Vietnam. He was awarded the Navy Cross and Silver Star. Griffith has been memorialized in the naming of Griffith Hall, a facility at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida where he received his aviation training.

– submitted by Maria Lauron, daughter, in addition to Alumni Association archives

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