CAPTAIN JOHN W. CONSOLVO, JR. JACK
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
BORN: 8 JANUARY 1944
MISSING IN ACTION - 7 MAY 1972
On 7 May 1972, Captain Consolvo departed DaNang, Vietnam, piloting an F4-.J on a bombing mission to strike SAM missiles on transporters. As he pulled off target his aircraft was hit and the left engine was on fire. He maneuvered his aircraft towards an area that provided a greater chance of escape and evasion. His FAG observed that while the aircraft was uncontrollable the mechanics of ejection could still be performed. Captain Consolvo ordered his RIO to get out. The FAG and Wingman did not see the RIO eject but did see his chute on impact. The RIO was picked up twenty-four hours later, the combination of interrupted observation of Captain Consolvo's aircraft and the distance the aircraft traveled after the RIO ejected makes the unobserved ejection of Captain Consolvo highly probable. Due to ejecting over hostile territory, Captain Consolvo would be limited in his ability to contact friendly forces if his survival radio was lost or inoperative.
Captain Consolvo graduated from Auburn High School, Auburn, Alabama, in 1961. He graduated from Sullivan's Prep School in Washington, DC in 1962, ranking number one in 1-in his class.
Entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1962. graduated in 1966 and was commissioned a Second
Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Basic training, Quantico Virginia.
Reported to Pensacola Florida for flight training, Designated Naval Aviator, July, 1968. Further training, Meridian, Mississippi and Beeville, Texas, First duty stations El Toro, Marine Corps Air Stations California. Served six Months in Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron 542 :in DaNang, Vietnam from July 1969 to Jan. 1970, flying over 150 combat missions. From Jan. 1970 to July 1970, served as Air Liaison Officer with Division of Air Offices Hdqrs. First Marine Division, Vietnam.
Joined Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 212, Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station, Honolulu, August 1970. The-squadron was deployed to DaNang Vietnam in April 1972,
Distinguished Flying Cross Bronze Star with Combat ''V'', Air Medal (First thru nineteen Strike/Flight Awards, Air Medal (Bronze Star for first award), Air Medal (Gold Star in lieu of second award) a Navy Commendation Medal. Purple' Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.