Jacksonville, FL (Off Shore) Jet Crashes On USS NIMITZ, May 1981

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9 Killed On Ship Listed.
Norfolk, Va. (AP) -- Here is a list of the identities of the 14 servicemen killed when a plane crashed on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz on Tuesday night.
Marine Captain ELWOOD M. ARMSTRONG, Havelock, N.C.
Marine 1st Lt. LAURENCE D. CRAGUN, Cherry Point, N.C.
Navy Airman Apprentice THOMAS E. BARNHART, 18, Cleveland, Ohio.
Navy Airman ALBERTO COLON, 21, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Navy Fireman DENNIS R. DRISCOLL, 21, Irvington, N.J.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class ROBERT W. ISER, 22, Richfield, Minn.
Navy Airman PATRICK D. LOUIS, 21, Westland, Mich.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class, LEWIS J. McLAURIN, 22, Laurel, Miss.
Navy Airman Apprentice FRANK J. SWIDER, Providence, R.I.
Marine 1st Lt. STEVE E. WHITE, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.
Navy Airman Recruit JACKIE L. GOTHARD, 22, Casper, Wyo.
Navy Airman Recruit PETER R. IANNETTI, 21, Oakdale, Mass.
Navy Airman RONALD WILDERMUTH, 19, Westerville, Ohio.
Navy Airman ARTURO HINOJOSA, 25, San Antonio, Texas.
Partial List Of Injured Crew.
Airman Apprentice VINCENT BAKER, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Petty Officer 1st Class RICHARD WILLIAMSON, Millville, N.J.
Airman Apprentice KEITH ALSTN, Miami, Fla.
Airman Apprentice THOMAS R. FAHEY, Somerville, Mass.
Petty Officer 3rd Class ANTHONY L. TUGGLE, Camden, Ohio.
Airman Apprentice LOUIS K. WAKEFIELD, San Jose, Calif.
Airman Apprentice MICHAEL JOHNSON, Garner, N.C.
Lt. Cmdr. NORMAN W. STEFFEN, Fair Oaks, Calif.
Chief JOHN CASANOVA, Cataumet, Mass.
Airman JAMES O. KASPER, Cupertino, Calif.
Lt. Cmdr. JOHN TINDLE, Overland Park, Kan.
Airman ZACHARY ELICKER, Rome, Ga.
Ensign LARRY L. SPRADLIN, Lawton, Okla.
Airman Apprentice JOHN MILSTEAD, Baltimore.
Airman Recruit RICHARD SIMPSON.
Airman BRYAN C. JEANS, Oxford, Minn.
Airman Apprentice ALBERT KNAPP, Schenectady, N.Y.
Chief WILLIAM R. BROWN, Kingstree, S.C.
Petty Officer 2nd Class KEVIN M. COSTELLO, Centerville, Mass.
Petty Officer 1st Class JACK D. WARREN, Trumann, Ark.
Petty Officer 2nd Class JOHN R. GIBBS, Bayshore, N.Y.
Petty Officer 2nd Class FRANK D. DAVIS, Cameron, La.
Petty Officer 2nd Class RICHARD M. HOKANSON, Hauppauge, N.Y.
Petty Officer 2nd Class JERALD D. SPANN, Hudson, N.C.
Airman LLOYD C. HARDY, Halls, Tenn.
Airman GEORGE W. BUTZ, Hockessin, Del.
Airman JEFFREY S. GRADY, Pakersburg, W.Va.
Petty Officer 3rd Class PAUL B. WITT.
Petty Officer 2nd Class J. C. BAUMGARDNER, Lewistown, Pa.
Airman JEFFREY J. JOHNSON, Jamaica, N.Y.
Airman JAMES R. EVANS, Macon, Ga.
Lt. Cmdr. HAMIMO A. BARELA.
Fireman DAVID STAGG, Garfield, N.J.
Petty Officer 3rd Class KENNETH J. ALLEN, Charleston, S.C.

The Capital Annapolis Maryland 1981-05-28

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Nimitz crash of 81

Hey Murph! Good to see you're still kicking! How are you doing? Been reconnecting with some of our V-4 crew on Facebook...found em on there last spring while I was recalling the 81 crash. I also worked Flight Deck fuels & was probably a QA fuels sentry when you came aboard, but was TAD Mess duty when the crash happened. Later, Scott Cook

crash

i was there on the deck the night of the crash i was working flight ops with va-86 sidewinders when the crash happen. i was injured when my hose team went in to drop a sidewinder off one of the tomcats and it exploded in our face. i remember my shipmate that are dead and injured every anniversary god bless all of you and your families. AMS2 James R. Evans disabled veteran

crash

i was there on the deck the night of the crash i was working flight ops with va-86 sidewinders when the crash happen. i was injured when my hose team went in to drop a sidewinder off one of the tomcats and it exploded in our face. i remember my shipmate that are dead and injured every anniversary god bless all of you and your families. AMS2 James R. Evans disabled veteran

my boyfriend at the time was

my boyfriend at the time was also in va35. Mac (Stephen Macnamee). He came back with the story of the guy who lost his head, that story has stayed with me all these years. The PTSD has got to be bad from all who were there that day.

I was a primary nozzleman that night

I was primary nozzleman on the flt deck. If you have a question send it to me via my email. tarheel12721@carolina.rr.com

Nimitz

I was fueling an F-14 in the crotch right before the accident. Dennis Driscoll came to relieve me for mid-rats I wasn't even half way across the deck to go back to v-4's flight deck shelter and Dennis was dead. it couldn't have been 10 or 15 seconds after he took hold of the fuel nozzle and the crash happened. as those that were there know,that was the first Aircraft that was hit. I cant get it out of my mind, 35 years later and I still wake up to that fire. RIP Dennis

Crash on the Nimitz

I was there that night. Attached to VA-35. Good friends with AN Patrick Louis. I have spent decades putting this out of my mind.

81 nimitz crash

Guys, just found the forum looking for info on the crash. I was there. I was doing a post flight inspection when it happened. not sure if i remember any of the 14 but do remember the wreck. it has haunted me for years. it was a terrible night. i could try to answer any of your questions but like i said i was in a squadron not ships company but i had black shoe friends.

Frank Swider

I and to school with Frank too, Veazie Street and Esek Hopkins, he was my first boyfriend, I remember him like it was yesterday. Who are you?

Rob Iser

Went to Ft.Snelling today with my daughter,to honor my old friend.still a hole in my heart 33 years later.Rob was a fun guy.Till we meet again.