Captain John G. Boniface

October 1, 1922 - October 13, 2005

Captain John G. Boniface, USN retired, died October 13, 2005 in McKinney, Texas, of end stage Waldenstrom’s macroglobulenemia. He was born October 1, 1922 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, when his father, the late Col. John J. Boniface U. S. Cavalry, was commanding officer of Fort D. A. Russell. Jack, as his friends knew him, graduated from Austin High School in El Paso, Texas, and The Allen Academy in Bryan, Texas. He graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy June 6, 1945, with the class of 1946. He was also a graduate of the school of Naval Warfare at the Naval War College, and earned a M.S. in International Relations from George Washington University. Jack served in USS Bunker Hill, USS Steamer Bay, and USS Pasadena before reporting to flight training. After receiving his wings, he served in Patrol Squadron Two, BAR El Segundo, and VR-23 Det. Phil. before duty in the NROTC Unit at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Subsequently, he served in Patrol Squadron Twenty One, Patrol Squadron Thirty, as navigator in USS Lake Champlain, and on the staff of the Naval War College. Commands include Patrol Squadron Twenty-one, USS Chara AE-31, with retirement as Commander Fleet Air Wing 8. Decorations include: American Defense medal, Asiatic Pacific, China Service Extended, WWII Victory medal, National Defense Service medal with one star, Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, Korean Service medal, United Nations Service medal, Vietnam Service medal with four stars, Vietnam Campaign medal with device, and Bronze Star medal. Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth (Beegee); a daughter, Elizabeth Hurst; two sons, Cdr. John M. Boniface, ’71, and Captain William S. Boniface, ’72; eight grandchildren, including LTJG Robin M. Boniface, ’02; and one great-granddaughter. Jack was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, USNA Alumni Association, Dadaelians, VFW, American Legion, and the Fleet Reserve Association. Inurnment of ashes will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to IWMF, 3932 D Swift Road, Sarasota, FL 34231-6541.

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Captain Boniface I remember you from the last USS Chara cruise. We worked very hard during that tour and I appreciated you taking the time to answer my concerns and questions. Your concern for the crew was appreciated. The two swim calls and newsletters sent to our families demonstrated your concern for our well being. Tim Keyes, November 18, 2018 CAPT Boniface was the skipper of USS CHARA (AE-31) 1970-71. CHARA was probably the oldest ammunition ship in the Pacific Fleet. A Naval Aviator, he left CHARA and returned to take command of an ASW Air Wing at Naval Air Station Moffatt Field. I did not know of his passage until now Frederick F. Fletcher Frederick F. Fletcher CDR USNR (Ret.), January 22, 2018 Thank You Capt. John. I didn't know you but by reading about your life I sure wish God had given me that opportunity.Thank you and your family for chosing to serve our country. May God be with the family at this time. ... ...unknown... ..., October 13, 2005