John Wilkes, Jr. was on a routine training flight on Oct. 9, 1958 when his jet, an F100-F Super Sabre, crashed in the desert near Phoenix, Arizona. His passing is classified as “Died in Service.”
The Cold War was a decades-long period of political and military tension between former World War II allies, the United States and western countries, against the former Soviet Union and the “Axis Powers.”
Wilkes is the only Clark Fallen Hero whose death is attributed to military activity during the Cold War.
Wilkes, who was just 28 years old at the time of his death, resided at 465 Madison Hill Road in Clark. He is buried in Arizona alongside an infant son.