This site is dedicated to the memory of LT John Douglas Prudhomme

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Sender: Ted Langworthy

My name is Ted Langworthy and I was flying behind Jack when he was shot down. I saw his airplane fly in to a ridge and explode. He did not eject and we assume he was killed instantly in the cockpit, we were flying south towards the power plant. His leader said that Jack made an uncommanded crossunder and passed under the leader's a/c, he looked down in to the cockpit and saw blood everywhere. At almost the same time, Charlie Amacker announced that Ray Alcorn had just "punched out". I assumed that the a/c I saw was Ray's but it was Jack's and did not realize that until half way back to ship.

Jack and I had become very close friends while enroute to Vietnam. The trip took almost 3 wks. Jack was made Weapon's Training Officer before we left and with no training or schools, he asked me if I would tutor him. I had held this position for more than a year in my squadron. We spent every night enroute going over mil settings and weapons capabilities. I had been to every school the Navy had to offer and was pleased to be able to help Jack.The night before he was killed, he came to my stateroom and announced that: "I am not going to make it". He was totally psyched and after 3 aborted attempts, he was very nervous about his possibilities of living through the mission. My squadron mate, Roger Kisiel, was with us that evening and we told Jack he had nothing to worry about. We told him that if anyone would make it, it would be he. Roger knew Jack well as he played sports with Jack.

Eleven years ago I met Jack's son, Dave, at the Academy and told him how his father died. He had never been told before. That was a most diffilcut thing to suffer through!! We both were crying. You have chosen a wonderful man to honor.

Sender: Roger Kisiel

I played Lacrosse with Jack at the Naval Academy, and in fact, we ran in the same midfield my junior year and Jack's senior year. Our third middie was Don MacLaughlin, a sophomore. Donnie also flew A-4s from the Enterprise with us on that cruise. After Jack was killed on 22 Dec 65, Don was killed on 3 Jan 66. Ironically, I was a spare for Jack's flight, and I was working on the flight deck for Don's flight. Except for their plane captains, I was the last person to talk face to face with them as they strapped into their cockpits. Jack's wife Pattie later married Ray Herzog, a friend and classmate of Jack's and Ted's. I was at Patuxent River with Ray after we had completed Test Pilot School. Ray did a great job being a good dad for Jack's family. He is retired from P&G and they live in the Cincinnati area.

Sender: Bob Kelly Captain, USN (Retired)

Jack entered the U. S. Naval Academy in 1957 as a member of the Class of 1961 after a year at Ohio State University. Throughout his years at the Academy, Jack excelled in academics and athletics, and was one of the most respected and well-liked members of his class. An exceptionally gifted athlete, Jack was a standout performer in every sport he undertook as evidenced by being a highly valued member of the varsity lacrosse and soccer teams even though he had played neither sport previously. Jack was co-captain of the soccer team, and selected as an All-American midfielder in lacrosse during his last two years at the Academy. Jack was also a standout performer in wrestling, boxing and fieldball, and clearly would have been a top performer in other sports if he had the time to participate in them. His accomplishments are even more remarkable in light of the fact that Jack was unable to take part in high school sports due to the distance he lived from school.

Academics came easily to Jack, and this enabled him to turn his energies to other activities such as serving as a Battalion Commander in the Brigade leadership organization, as a class officer for two years and an N Club officer during his first class year, as a member of the Honor Committee, and to always be available to assist a classmate when the need arose. Jack's easy going approach to the rigors of Academy life, his wonderful sense of humor, his ready smile, and his unpretentious manner, all made him a most welcome addition to any group and one of the most popular members in the Class of 1961.

Jack married Patti Bradshaw in June 1961 and had two children. Their son, David, followed in Jack's footsteps by graduating from the Naval Academy in 1985. Following graduation in June 1961, Jack entered flight training and was stationed in Pensacola, Florida; in Meridian, Mississippi; and in Beeville, Texas as part of his training to fly the A- 4 Skyhawk attack jet. Jack was a member of Attack Squadron 76 (VA-76), known as the Spirits, assigned to Air Wing 9 aboard USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. In VA-76, he was regarded highly for his ability to fly the aircraft to the edge of the envelope, for his knowledge of the aircraft, for his ability to make correct decisions quickly, and for his tenacity and fortitude. Enterprise departed Norfolk, Virginia in October 1965 for deployment to waters off the coast of Vietnam. Jack was lost during a mission over North Vietnam on December 22, 1965.

Jack was truly a unique individual. He was a dedicated husband and father, a true friend to all, and an officer and a gentleman in the best sense of the words. No one who knew him had any doubt that he was destined for greatness in the Navy. Jack will always be remembered and missed by his family, classmates, shipmates, and his numerous friends.

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