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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: June 25, 1955
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1952 Knipple LB.jpg

From the 1952 Lucky Bag:

Herbert Carl Knipple

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Happy Herb" received his appointment to the Naval Academy after spending a year at Marquette University. With his sights set on Navy jets, he found no difficulties with a few incidentals such as Steam and Skinny . . . managing to bring down his share of the 4.0's. Continuing his love of boxing, "Happy Herb" could be seen holding his own in the ring during the Intra-Brigade Boxing Matches. Although not a confirmed Red Mike, Herb preferred a more diversified existence at Navy Tech. He should experience little trouble in earning those Navy wings following graduation.


Herb was lost in an aircraft crash "at sea" from an unnamed aircraft carrier operating in the Western Pacific on June 25, 1955.


The obituary of his wife, Ruth, talks about their time together:

They were married upon his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952. During their Naval Service, Carl became a Naval Aviator and they moved to NAS Moffett Field, Mountain View, Calif. By this time, they had a daughter, Susan Margaret. Carl's squadron was deployed to the Western Pacific, leaving Ruth at home and pregnant with their second daughter. This meant that she had to be taken to the hospital for her delivery of Carrie Jane by close friend, astronaut James Lovell. A sad note is that Carl was lost at sea in an aircraft accident and never got to hold Carrie in his arms. Published in Star-Telegram on June 19, 2016

She remarried a 1953 graduate in March 1956.

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Class of 1952
Herbert is one of 48 members of the Class of 1952 in Memorial Hall.
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