From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Richard Cross, Jr. '21

Date of birth: March 9, 1899

Date of death: April 4, 1933

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1921 Lucky Bag:


Richard was lost when the airship USS Akron (ZRS 4) crashed off the coast of New Jersey on April 4, 1933.

He was survived by a wife and son, Richard Jr.; it appears his name carried to Richard III, as well.

Akron's executive officer, LCDR Herbert V. Wiley '15, one of only three survivors, was filmed shortly after the crash:

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William Moffett '90, Fred Berry '08, Henry Cecil '10, Frank McCord '11, Harold Maclellan '18, Joseph Severyns '20, George Calnan '20, Herbert Wescoat '23, Robert Sayre '24, Charles Callaway '24, Hammond Dugan '24, Charles Miller '25, Morgan Redfield '26, Wilfred Bushnell '26, and Cyrus Clendening '27 were also lost aboard Akron.

Class of 1921

Richard is one of 32 members of the Class of 1921 on Virtual Memorial Hall.