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John Joseph Houston
Nickname Joe
Born November 19, 1979
Died October 28, 2009, age 29
Place of death San José Island, Texas
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service May, 2002-October, 2009
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Naval Air Station Corpus Christi

John Joseph Houston (1980 – November 5, 2009) was an American military officer, a pilot and a flight instructor who was killed on a routine training flight near San José Island, Texas.


After graduating from the Naval Academy in May, 2002, Houston accepted a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy. He completed pilot training, served two deployments and became a helicopter flight instructor.[1][2]


On October 28, 2009, while on a routine training flight, from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, United States Navy pilot LT John Joseph Houston and LT Bret Travis Miller lost communication with Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and crash landed in the ocean near the San José Island.[3][4] Both Houston and Miller were flight instructors.[5] Their aircraft disappeared from radar at 3:17 p.m. on October 28. On Friday, Oct. 30, Miller’s body was recovered after being spotted in the water by the crew of a boating rig. Over three weeks later, Houston’s body was recovered by Navy divers from within a submerged Beechcraft T-34C Turbo-Mentor.[6] <


Houston is featured in a chapter of In the Shadow of Greatness, a book about 33 members of the Naval Academy, Class of 2002.[7]

Houston’s son, Asher, was 5 years old at the time of his death. Houston’s classmates from the Naval Academy, 2nd Company, have “adopted” Asher and created a memorial trust for his benefit.[8] [9]


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