For the laughing sandy haired, freckled faced kid brother of my just-after-college roommate….
Many condolences to Johnny’s (now John) wife Jill, to all of the Berger family, to John’s flight squad, and to the Berger-Hocking family of the LBC. I am very sorry to hear of John’s crash.
The family has set up a MSN group for info.
San Diego Tribune article: Miramar pilot dies in crash of Hornet
San Bernardino Co. Press Release:
On 7-22-03 at about 10:00 PM, USMC Captain John Timothy Berger, age:27, a resident of Santee and stationed at Miramar was flying an F-18 Military jet over the training area located at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms. For an unknown reason his jet crashed in the open desert area of the base and when emergency personnel arrived, he was pronounced dead at the scene. U.S. military officials are conducting the crash investigation. Please refer all inquiries to the the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twentynine Palms.