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In Memory

James F. Crockford - Crew Of 1991 VIEW PROFILE

AMS3 Crockford was lost in a vertrep accident in the Red Sea during Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1991

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07/07/11 09:46 AM #1    

Paul Horstman (1990)

I remember this, as I was on watch late at night on the bridge. Apparently the Sea Knight had some electrical trouble when it went down. If I remember correctly, Crockford was a crewman onboard the CH-46, and he was the only casualty that night.


Unfortunately, I also remember BM2 Potter going down to Davey Jones' locker. We had two services at sea.

07/29/11 06:25 PM #2    

Raymond Pierce (1968)

From:  Sean Smith


I've been digging for a long time to find out the name of AMS3 Crockford. I found the memorial on your web-site for him and my search is over. I was a FC3 onboard the USS Macdonough (DDG-39) the night of the accident. We were conducting a vertrep and to receive stores when the helicopter went down. I remember watching the entire event and spending a long time that night watching and hoping to find the 4th crew member. Ever since then, I've wanted to know his name. Now I do. I know the intent of this website is to collaborate with past crew-members, but I wanted to say thank you for helping me finally find the name of the man that I've wanted to know for so long. It's amazing how an event like that can stick with you for so long. If you want to post this on your site for others to read, please feel free.

Thanks again.


09/05/11 05:15 PM #3    

Randall McGuire (1989)

I was standing in the passageway just outside the ship's store (Seattle) when it occurred.

I am the bugler who played TAPS from atop the flight tower that day.

Randall McGuire (IC3 McGuire)

05/21/14 12:03 PM #4    

Larry L. Inge (1987)

I was on the rail watching the VertRep excercises since I was LPO of the Electricians in RASE.  The Helo looked like a flare or something went off and then it went down.  From my understanding in talking with the survivors, Crockford got tangled up in his headset communications lines and couldn't exit the craft.  I learned that he was from my hometown of Ft. Myers, FL and we hit it off immediately after learning this early on in the cruise.  He was a really cool dude, beach bum just like me.  It is a shame we had to lose him.  Didn't find out about Potter until after I was discharged in June '91...another cool guy taken from us too soon.

05/22/14 07:46 AM #5    

Randall McGuire (1989)

To those Seattle crew members interested and who have the opportunity to visit Arlington National Cemetery, there is a marker placed there in memory of James F. Crockford. It is located in Memorial Headstone section 60, marker #516. His marker lies in the same section and same row as another Seattle sailor, BM3 John Potter (#533), who was lost at sea in a separate incident in September of 1991. 

05/29/14 11:45 PM #6    

Otto Weispfenning (1989)

I was working in the forward engine room that night and remember alot of searching but was never sure he was ever recovered. Is the marker a memorial or an actual grave?

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