Jon Morrow Lindbergh
August 16, 1932
|Died||July 29, 2021 (aged 88)|
Lewisburg, West Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
University of California, San Diego
|Occupation(s)||U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team, commercial diver, aquanaut|
(m. 1983; div. 1997)
|Children||8; including Erik|
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Jon Morrow Lindbergh (August 16, 1932 – July 29, 2021) was an American underwater diver. He worked as a United States Navy demolition expert and as a commercial diver, and was one of the world's earliest aquanauts in the 1960s. He was also a pioneer in cave diving, and one of the children of aviators Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Lindbergh was born on August 16, 1932, five months after the kidnapping and death of his older brother, Charles Lindbergh Jr. Jon's parents had discovered the name "Jon" in a book about Scandinavian history. During his mother's pregnancy with him, his parents received large numbers of letters and phone calls threatening his life. In 1935, photographers forced a car in which one of Jon's teachers was driving him home off the road in order to take pictures of him. Jon then began to be protected by a detective with a sawed-off shotgun. The Lindberghs soon decided to leave the United States and traveled to the United Kingdom.
Lindbergh's father tried to teach him how to swim when he was three years old by repeatedly throwing him into the deep end of a swimming pool. In spring 1940 (when he was seven), his father placed him in a pasture with a butting ram in order to learn to protect himself from it. As a teenager, Lindbergh was allowed to make a solo three-day boat trip. He also learned to fly before leaving for college, but his father advised him not to pursue aviation as a career.
In June–July 1964, Lindbergh participated in Edwin Link's second Man in Sea experiment, conducted in the Berry Islands (a chain in the Bahamas). Lindbergh's fellow diver for this venture was Robert Sténuit, who had become the world's first aquanaut in 1962. Sténuit and Lindbergh stayed in Link's SPID habitat (Submersible, Portable, Inflatable Dwelling) for 49 hours underwater at a depth of 432 feet, breathing a helium-oxygen mixture.
Lindbergh married Barbara Robbins on March 20, 1954, in Northfield, Illinois. They were the parents of six children, including aviator and artist Erik Lindbergh (born in 1965). His second marriage was to Karen Pryor, daughter of author Philip Wylie; they divorced in 1997. Lindbergh was married to Maura Jansen, with whom he had two daughters.
When his father was dying, Lindbergh took charge of transporting him from New York City to Hawaii to die, and helped build his father's grave.
Lindbergh's elder brother, Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., the first of six children born to Charles and Anne Lindbergh, died in 1932 in the infamous kidnapping — what many termed at the time "the crime of the century". Jon's other Lindbergh siblings are: Land Morrow Lindbergh (born 1937), writer Anne Spencer Lindbergh (1940–1993), conservationist Scott Lindbergh (born 1942), and writer Reeve Lindbergh (born 1945).
He died from renal cancer in Lewisburg, West Virginia, on July 29, 2021, at the age of 88.
The sub is piloted by the son of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.
P.188: He announced the arrival of Jon Lindbergh, of Ocean Systems, who would work with the deep sea recovery portion of the project... P.201: 2. Mr. Jon M. Lindbergh leaving the Perry Submarine (PC-3B) after a dive...
We didn't go to the usual type of parties. Neither of my sisters was a debutante or anything like that. We were never taught there was anything particularly remarkable about my father's flight.