|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1944|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 17, 1972, Vietnam|
In Memory of…....... Captain James Alan Hockridge.
*** Captain Hockridge was a member of the 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On October 17, 1972, he was the pilot of a General Dynamics Aardvark Fighter (F-111A) on a mission near Cho Moi, Bac Thai Province, North Vietnam, when his aircraft was shot down. His remains were recovered on September 30, 1977 and identified on October 25, 1977. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!
JAMES ALAN HOCKRIDGE - Air Force - CAPT - O3
Date of Birth Mar 12, 1944
From: ROCHESTER, NY
Social Security Number: 184-34-7826 State: Pennsylvania
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status: Married - Emily Anne Paladine Hockridge. Son, Mark Alan Hockridge born Jan. 10, 1968 in Lubbock, Tx.
Parents: Father, Dorris/Doris Walton (D.W.) Hockridge, birth: 11 January 1918, Harrison County, MO and death: 24 September 1997 Memphis, TN. and mother, Mary Bett Hockridge. birth: 16 May 1919 and death: 28 December 1991, Rochester, NY.
* Paternal Grandparents: Grandfather, David Nelson Hockridge, Born Aug. 11, 1894 and Died July 18, 1956 - FAG # 14891918 and Grandmother, Mary Rose Hall Hockridge - FAG # 40065323, Born April 24, 1894 and Died Feb. 14, 1989.
MARRIAGES (2)Spouse Mary Rose /Hall/ Marriage 28 December 1912 Trenton, MO Spouse Goldie /Jennings/ Marriage 1936MO
***** It's such a pleasure to go to the same school, Greece Olympia High School in Rochester NY, as James Alan Hockridge, a vietnam veteran. THANKS for risking your life for our country.
You'll always be remembered!
Steph Leege-Junior at Olympia(Class of 2004
***** "Texas, Birth Index"
Name: Mark Alan Hockridge
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 10 Jan 1968
Event Place: Lubbock, Texas
Father's Name: James Alan Hockridge
Mother's Name: Emily Anne Paladine
***** A memorial tree dedication celebration took place at Greece Olympia School on May, 25, 2013 to honor nine former students who were killed in action during the Vietnam and Iraq Wars. Our Fallen Heroes are: Alumni James Hockridge 1962, Donald Graves 1964, Donald Jacques 1965, Jeffery Bruce 1966, David Crane 1966, Richard Dunham 1966, Thomas Ekwell 1966, William Gearing Jr. 1967, and Brian Schramm 2001 will be honored for their service and ultimate sacrifice. All are welcome to attend.
CAPT - O3 - Air Force - Regular
His tour began on Oct 17, 1972
Casualty was on Oct 17, 1972
Service: United States Air Force
Grade at loss: O3
ID No: xxxxx7826
MOS/RATING: 1115: Pilot, Tactical Aircraft
Length Service: **
Unit: 429TH TAC FTR SQDN, 474TH TAC FTR WING, 7TH AF
Start Tour: Not Recorded
Incident Date: 10/17/1972
Casualty Date: 10/17/1972
Age at Loss: 28
Location: Province not reported, North Vietnam
Remains: 1972 status: Body Not Recovered. Found later.
Repatriated: 09/30/1977 (Returned to US soil)
Casualty Type: Hostile, died while missing
Casualty Reason: Fixed Wing - Pilot
Casualty Detail: Air loss or crash over land
In NORTH VIETNAM
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - PILOT
AIR LOSS, CRASH ON LAND
Body was recovered
Panel 01W - Line 82
Other Personnel In Incident: Allen U. Graham (remains returned)
On October 17, 1972, Capt. James A. Hockridge and 1Lt. Allen U. Graham were flying an F111A near the city of Cho Moi in Bac Thai Province, North Vietnam, when their aircraft was shot down.
Later, Hanoi released a photo showing the ID cards of both men, and other military papers from the crash.
Both Hockridge and Graham were mentioned in the story, which featured photos of the totally burned wreckage of the aircraft, even though the military papers and ID cards showed no fire damage.
Radio Hanoi claimed both pilots died in the crash and that this was the 4,000th aircraft downed over North Vietnam.
Hanoi released a photo showing the ID cards of both men and other military papers from the aiorcraft, mentioning both Hockridge and Graham by name, and released photos of the totally burned wreckage of the aircraft.
According to the North Vietnamese, Hockridge and Graham were killed when the F-111's escape module failed to deploy properly. A later broadcast reported the crew's remains were recovered and buried along the Ca Lo River.
On 16 May 1977 the Secretary of the Air Force approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for Captain Graham.
In September 1977, the Vietnamese government returned the remains of the two men; Captain Graham's remains were positively identified in October 1977.
Dorris Walton Hockridge (1918 - 1997)
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Sec. 11, Grave 402-2
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Oct 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99294075