Emerson, John, CAPT

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Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1981-1982, 9421, Whidbey Island
Service Years
1942 - 1982

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Contact Info
Home Town
Busby, Alberta, Canada. Raised in Oakland, CA
Last Address
Bend, OR

Date of Passing
Aug 11, 2015
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30 Navy Aerial Gunner (WWII)

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Navy Chief Initiated Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
VP-4 Veterans Association
  2017, VP-4 Veterans Association [Verified]1

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain John "Jack" Robert Emerson, USN (Ret)
WWII Naval Aviation Pilot and member of the Silver Eagles

Retired Navy Captain John R. Emerson, age 93, was born March 26, 1922 in Busby, Alberta, Canada and moved to Oakland, California in 1924, becoming US citizen in 1940. 

He joined the Navy in July 1942 in hopes of becoming a Naval Aviation Pilot. Jack attended Boot Camp in San Diego, completed AMM aviation machinist mate school and Airborne Radar Operator School in Memphis. He then attended Aerial Gunner's School in Purcell, Oklahoma, and served on assignments in southwest pacific bases. In 1944, he was offered a temporary officer commission for enlisted flight training and was designated NAP in Pensacola May 2, 1947 with rate AP1/c. He'd joined the Navy to fly, and one of his first aircraft was a Stearman biplane, wearing a leather helmet and a pigskin jacket, which is still wearable today. In the latter years, when someone asked for a new flight jacket, Capt. Emerson said "Have a seat, let me tell you about my jacket."

As an NAP, Aviation Pilot First Class, Emerson flew with FASRON 119 in Saipan, Marianas Islands taking on the roles of maintenance officer, technical librarian and operations officer. The squadron received a perfect audit for the first time. Assigned to VR-3 (Moffett Field) and NAS Alameda, he made chief in 1951 and was one of the Navy's first pilots to fly and instruct in the R6D (C-118) aircraft. From 1953-55, he was one of 15 APs to acquire a regular officer commission, completing 2 years of college equivalency in 1 to graduate as a Naval Aviator, and commissioned Ensign in 1954. In 1962 he received his BS degree and in 1971 two Masters degrees at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.

20+ aircraft later, became Commanding Officer of VP-4, a Pentagon Navy planner, CinC-PacFlt staff in Hawaii until 1981, his last assignment was as CO of Naval Air Reserve Unit, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington.

With his retirement in Sept 1982, Capt. Emerson brought to a close 40 years of continuous naval service, marking the end of a special breed of Navy flyers – Naval Aviation Pilots (NAPs) whose national association is known as the Silver Eagles. Occasionally someone would look at his original flight jacket and ask "What is an AP1?". The ex-enlisted pilot would smile and say, "Have a seat, let me tell you all about it."
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Among Jack's decorations ar the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal, Air Medal (2), Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), and Navy Good Conduct Medal (3). As an enlisted man Jack was a Chief Aviation Pilot  and retired with the rank of Captain. As a former enlisted pilot he was the last Silver Eagle to retire from active duty.



The story of Naval Aviation's enlisted pilots, the last of whom retired from active duty in 1982, is one of widespread accomplishment. Designated Naval Aviation Pilots (NAP) when they received their wings, the select group of Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen included three Medal of Honor recipients and many others of notable accomplishments. At the entrance of this display, an NAP checks the daily schedule before training. Enlisted aviation pilots were critical to the war effort during World War II, providing the personnel needed to defeat Axis forces.

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Naval Aviator Wings
Command at Sea
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CASchool Assignments - StaffSchool Assignments - StaffProfessional Schools and Courses
US NavyNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLFASRON-119VR-3
NAS AlamedaOfficer Candidate School (OCS) (Faculty Staff)	VP-4 Skinny Dragons(USN)Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
USS Hornet (CV-12)VP-31 The Genies/Black Lightnings/VP-31 Det AlphaVP-46 Grey KnightsCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
CNO - OPNAV/Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC)Whidbey Island
  1942-1942, S2c-0000, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
  1942-1942, AMM-0000, Aviation Mechanics School
  1943-1943, AMM-0000, Airborne Radar Operator
  1943-1943, AMM-0000, Aerial Gunnery Instructors School
  1943-1944, AMM-0000, Commander Aircraft South Pacific Force
  1944-1945, AP-0000, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1946-1947, Naval Flight Schools
  1947-1949, AD-0000, FASRON-119
  1949-1951, AD-0000, VR-3
  1951-1953, AD-0000, NAS Alameda
  1953-1954, AD-0000, Enlisted Commissioning Program (Cadre)
  1954-1954, 6302, Officer Candidate School (OCS) (Faculty Staff)
  1955-1956, 6302, VP-4 Skinny Dragons(USN)
  1959-1961, 131X, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1961-1963, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1963-1965, 131X, VP-31 The Genies/Black Lightnings/VP-31 Det Alpha
  1965-1967, 131X, VP-46 Grey Knights
  1968-1970, 131X, VP-4 Skinny Dragons(USN)
  1970-1971, 131X, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1972-1974, 131X, Commander Naval Logistics Pacific (COMNAVLOGPAC)
  1974-1976, 131X, CNO - OPNAV/Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC)
  1979-1981, 135X, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)
  1981-1982, 9421, Whidbey Island
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1965-1970 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CANaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1959-1961, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1970-1971, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Notes, Jack Emerson2
  Aug 11, 2015, Captain John R. Emerson USN3
  Mar 05, 2017, General Photos5
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