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LCDR John Joseph Magda
Birth: Jul. 23, 1918
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Mar. 8, 1951, North Korea

United States Navy Pilot. A native of Kentucky, Johnny Magda entered the United States Navy in 1940, and was assigned as a fighter pilot on board of the USS Hornet in 1941 and in 1942, he took part in the Battle of Midway. In 1943 he was assigned to the USS Saratoga until 1944 when he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. In 1949, Magda was assigned to the Blue Angels demonstration team. In 1950, Magda became the commander of the team. With the coming of the Korean War, the Blue Angels were assigned to the USS Princeton. On March 8, 1951, Magda's plane was shot down into the sea by anti-aircraft fire. He would be the first member of the Blue Angels to be killed in combat. During his career, he would be awarded numerous medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and Navy Cross. (bio by: G.Photographer) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Kate Miller Magda (1919 - 2009)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: F, 178
 
Maintained by: Iowa Owl
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 3302605
LCDR John Joseph Magda
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LCDR John Joseph Magda
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LCDR John Joseph Magda
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- wings214
 Added: Nov. 11, 2014
Angel Day Blessings, CDR Magda.
- wings214
 Added: Mar. 8, 2014
Remembering you and your family today. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. May you rest in peace.
- A Marine' Daughter & Army Mom
 Added: Feb. 11, 2014
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