From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Baldwin '55

Date of birth: July 10, 1931

Date of death: February 3, 1960

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1955 Lucky Bag:

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From James' high school yearbook

James was lost on February 3, 1960 when the S2F plane he was aboard "crashed into the sea after take-off from the carrier USS Yorktown near Hawaii…. Baldwin was commander of the aircraft. Also missing are two crew members. One survivor was picked up shortly after the mishap."

Unable to find a burial or memory marker.

He was a member of Air Anti-Submarine Squadron (VS) 23.

From researcher Kathy Franz:

James graduated in 1949 from Hot Springs High School. Activities: Football 1, 2, 3; Outstanding Player 3; Co-Captain 3; Secretary-Treasurer, Lettermen’s Club 3; Basketball 1, 2; Track 1, 2, 3; Student Council 2; Junior Rotarian 3; Finance Committee 2, 3.

Survived by his mother Mrs. Ollie McKnight, wife Katherine, and daughter Lisa Anne.

Class of 1955

James is one of 34 members of the Class of 1955 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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