September 30, 1928 (New York, NY) – February 26, 1952; 23 years old
Last local address: 13 Harrison Avenue, New Canaan, CT
Aviation Electronics Technician Third Class
Service Number: 7192151
Korean War Project Key No: 35197
Unit: Air Antisubmarine Squadron 25, USS Bataan (CVL-29)

Born to John F. (1888-1972) and Annie Quinn Lyons (1889-1976), both born in Ireland. One brother James (1923-1955); three sisters Annie (1925-2005), Catherine (1927-1946), and Marie (1932-2012).

He died of “other causes” in “non-hostile” action on February 26, 1952, USS Bataan, Air Antisubmarine Squadron. It was a training accident aboard a plane piloted by Ensign George Carl Klieser, 23, of San Francisco, who was also killed in the accident.

From the Cruise Book of the USS Bataan, 1952, page 18: “On the evening of the 26th, Bataan felt her first pain of a new operation. An AF circled sickeningly and lost altitude. It fell into the sea, carrying with it a pilot and two crewmen. The pilot sank with the plane. One crewman was injured seriously and he died in the water. There was some consolation for Bataan in the fact that one of the crewmen was rescued.”

From the USS Bataan cruise book

USS Bataan Cruise Log, 1952

USS Bataan

Petty Officer Lyons is buried in St. John’s Cemetery, Norwalk; Section A, Lot 44-45, Grave 6. Photo by webmaster.


Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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