JAMES G. HICKS, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Hicks '67

Date of birth: March 23, 1945

Date of death: September 30, 1971

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1967 Lucky Bag:


Life & Loss

Jimmy perished in an aircraft accident during his second WestPac combat deployment with VA-97 (homeported in NAS Lemoore, CA). The accident occurred at sea off NAS Cubi Point, The Philippines, the day before VA-97/USS Enterprise (CVN 65) was to return to the war zone in Vietnam. He graduated from the Light Attack Weapons School at China Lake in 1970 and had orders to the British Empire Test Pilot School at the time of his death. He was piloting an A-7E Corsair II, crashing on September 30, 1971 while assigned as a pilot with VA-97. Jimmy's body was not recovered and his name is inscribed on the Class of '37's "Bodies Not Returned" monument — "Here are the names of those whose final resting place is known only to God" — in the USNA Cemetery, adjacent to the Columbarium.

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Class of 1967

James is one of 34 members of the Class of 1967 in Memorial Hall.