James Flatley III

John P. St. John Memorial High School
Class of 1951

(Jan. 9, 1934 —          )

He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in1956 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.