(07-26-20 e-mail from SSGT Ed Liddle regarding Major James Cripps)

Great website about HMH 462 Phu Bai.  However, I did not find any reference to Maj. James Cripps in the
“Personnel now gone but not forgotten”  pages.  Jim served in 462 at Phu Bai and remained with the squadron
when they relocated to Futenma, Okinawa.  I was a crew chief that regularly flew with Lt. Cripps in Okinawa and
back at Santa Ana HMHT 301 until I left the Marine Corp in 1971.  Jim was a highly skilled pilot and extremely
knowledgeable Ch 53 test pilot.  I got to know him well by flying as his crew chief and being the designated
Quality Control maintenance person for CH-53Ds in our squadron and later as a teammate on the Training
Group Thirty football team at Santa Ana in 1971.  Jim was a four year starter on the Syracuse University
Football team and played in an Orange Bowl.  He was a great athlete, teammate and leader who was extremely
well liked by everyone.  Jim gave up the 53 for an F-4 in 1972.  I hope you can include Jim on the HMH 462 Phu
Bai website.  I remain proud to have flown with him and was saddened by his death as reported below:

CRIPPS JAMES E
MAJ James E Cripps was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 10/09/1982 at the age
of 40.3 from Lost at Sea Hamden, CT
Flight Class 68-30
Date of Birth 06/04/1942
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps

S.C. Marine Pilot Apparently Lost At Sea United Press International MANILA, Philippines A U.S. Marine F-4
piloted by a South Carolinian mysteriously disappeared while on routine training in the South China Sea and a
Navy spokesman said Tuesday the two crewmen were "presumed lost at sea". Lt. Stephan Honda, a spokesman
at Subic Bay Naval Base, said the F-4 aircraft was last seen by an accompanying F-4 Saturday at 6:15 p.m.
local time, approximately 10 miles southwest of the Naval Air Station at Cubi Point. Cubi Point is adjacent to
Subic, located 60 miles northwest of Manila. The missing F-4 was piloted by Maj. James E. Cripps, 40, of Laurel
Bay, S.C., attached to Marine Corps fighter Squadron VMFA 312 based at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air
Station.

I am including Jim’s picture from my HMH 462 cruise book and a picture of Jim and I when we played for Marine
Helicopter Training Group Thirty football team Santa Ana 1971.  Thanks for your consideration.  

Sincerely, Ed Liddle  
(Sgt. Liddle, Crew Chief)
MAJOR JAMES E. CRIPPS
Split receiver Ed Liddle of Training Group 30 pays the price for
catching a pass in the MAG 16 secondary as he's hauled in
from behind. Liddle was the hero of the game later on as he
grabbed a MAG 16 fumble with seconds remaining and ran 20
yards for the winning touchdown.