James Flatley III - Honored in 2008

  • photo of James Flatley IIIJohn P. St. John Memorial High School
    Class of 1951

    (Jan. 9, 1934 —       )

    He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1956 and was a naval aviator until his retirement in 1987 as a rear admiral. In 1963, as a lieutenant, he made history by completing 21 C-130 Hercules landings on the USS Forrestal aircraft carrier. As a captain in 1980, he made history again by completing 1,500 carrier-arrested landings on the USS Saratoga, which he commanded. During his distinguished career in the Navy, Flatley had numerous sea duty assignments, including flying F-4 Phantom combat missions in Vietnam.