HERBERT C. KNIPPLE, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Herbert Knipple '52

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: June 25, 1955

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1952 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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

Family

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.


Class of 1952

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