Bartocci, John Eugene, 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
1968-1968, 131X, USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)
Service Years
1958 - 1968
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New York, NY
Last Address
New York, NY

Casualty Date
Aug 31, 1968
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
W45 012

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Duty Stations
VF-24USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)
  1968-1968, VF-24
  1968-1968, 131X, USS Hancock (CV/CVA-19)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (68)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1954-1958, United States Naval Academy2
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  VF-24 F-8H Crusader1
  Aug 31, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
John Bartocci had a bright future when he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. He was married the same year and began a family. His and Barbara's marriage was right out of a storybook. Barbara later said it was a "happy-ever-after dream."  

John's Navy career moved the family from base to base until he was ultimately sent to Vietnam. In Vietnam, Bartocci flew the Vought F8 "Crusader". The Crusader was used exclusively by the Navy and Marine air wings and represented half or more of the carrier fighters in the Gulf of Tonkin during the first four years of the war. The aircraft was credited with nearly 53% of MiG kills in Vietnam. 

LCDR John E. Bartocci perished while attempting to land aboard the USS Hancock (CVA-19) of the coast of Vietnam, 31 August 1968.  Flying the F-8H (tail no. 147897), assigned to VF-24, his aircraft struck the aft ramp, broke into two pieces, and exploded.His body was never recovered. 
Has 2 Memorial Headstones. One at Ft Rosecrans in San Diego CA and on in Arlington National Cemetery. 
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