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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: August 23, 1927
Date of death: April 19, 1951
Age: 23

Lucky Bag

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From the 1950 Lucky Bag:


Alton, Iowa

Big Jim's first act on entering USNA was a blissful two-hour slumber on a luxury bed of Bancroft, which characterized his stay at Navy. His academic attitude wasn't lax, however, as was testified by his starred lapels. Literature was one of his more serious hobbies, resulting in a vocabulary guaranteed to astound drags—part of his Eastern harem. Even with this abundance he often chose tennis or golf in preference to the strain of entertaining. In or out of the service, Jim's easy grin and polished wit will win him a host of loyal friends and insure success where hard work is necessary.

He was also on the second set of the Brigade staff.


From USNA 1950:

Jim completed basic pilot training at Randolph Air Force Base and was transferred to the 3575th Pilot Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, OK. On his final cross country training flight from Enid to Waco, Texas, his plane, a T-28, developed engine trouble and crashed on a farm some twenty miles north of Reese Air Force Base, Lubbock, TX.

An article in the Corsicana Daily Sun (Texas) has some more details. The date of the crash was April 15, 1951. He is buried in Iowa.

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Neil Armstrong, III '50, Silas Hart, Jr. '50, and John Harvey '50 were also a member of the 22nd Company.

Hamilton McDowell, Jr. '50, Wilbur Spradling, Jr. '50, James Wills, Jr. '50, Edward Hotz, Jr. '50, Cedric Peterson, Jr. '50, Lorenzo Daleo '50, George Duncan, Jr. '50, and Christopher Braybrooke '50 were also graduated from pilot training class 51-E, Williams AFB, Arizona, on August 4, 1951. (Sixty-seven Naval Academy graduates completed this class.)

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