AMS3 Crockford was lost in a vertrep accident in the Red Sea during Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1991
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.
Raymond Pierce (1968)
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)
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.
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.
Otto Weispfenning (1989)