Magda, John Joseph, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 131X, VF-191 Satan's Kittens
Service Years
1940 - 1951
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Camp Taylor
Last Address
Camp Taylor

Casualty Date
Mar 08, 1951
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery - Louisville, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2013, Korean War Fallen
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]

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Naval Aviator Wings
Command Ashore

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Advancement Schools and CoursesNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVF-8 Jolly RogersUSS Hornet (CV-8)
USS Saratoga (CV-3)USS Boxer (CVA-21)VF-51 Screaming EaglesBlue Angels, Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron (NFDS)
USS Princeton (CV-37)VF-191 Satan's Kittens
  1940-1941, 000X, Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) Pre-flight Course
  1941-1941, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1943, 131X, VF-8 Jolly Rogers
  1941-1943, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-8)
  1943-1944, 131X, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1948-1949, 131X, USS Boxer (CVA-21)
  1948-1949, 131X, VF-51 Screaming Eagles
  1949-1950, 131X, Blue Angels, Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron (NFDS)
  1950-1951, 131X, USS Princeton (CV-37)
  1950-1951, 131X, VF-191 Satan's Kittens
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Operation Transom
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Operation Cockpit
  1942-1944 World War II
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Buin-Faisi-Tonolai Raid
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Treasury-Bougainville Operation
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1950-1951 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Western Kentucky University
  1936-1940, Western Kentucky University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Historical Marker:

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander John Joseph Magda (NSN: 0-98678), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as a Pilot with Fighting Squadron ONE HUNDRED NINETY-ONE (VF-191) attached to Carrier Air Group NINETEEN on board the U.S.S. Princeton (CV-37), in action against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Korea on 8 March 1951. Skillfully leading a daring strike against enemy installations at Tanch'on, Lieutenant Commander Magda braved intense hostile anti-aircraft fire to press home vigorous bombing and strafing runs. When his aircraft was struck by enemy fire and burst into flames, he gallantly continued to carry out the attack, destroying several gun emplacements and inflicting severe damage on nearby rail installations. With all his ammunition expended, he turned his fiercely burning plane seaward in an attempt to avert capture and the possible compromise of his aircraft. Successful in reaching this final objective before his plane crashed out of control into the sea, Lieutenant Commander Magda, by his inspiring leadership, indomitable fighting spirit and selfless devotion to the fulfillment of his assigned mission, upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Service: Navy
Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 62 (January 25, 1952
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