James Moffett “Shorty” Moss, II

  • Birth 25 Mar 1941 Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia, USA
  • Death 14 Nov 1970 Wayne County, West Virginia, USA
  • Burial Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 21530150

Jim "Shorty" Moss, 29, a native of Huntington, died in a chartered jet airliner crash.

He graduated from Huntington East in 1958 where he was selected to the AAA All-State Team. He attended West Virginia University, captaining the Mountaineers in 1962 and being selected for the East-West Shrine game in San Francisco after his senior year. He was drafted by the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders but played four years of professional ball with the Charleston Rockets of the Continental League. He was selected to the All-CFL team at tight end in 1965. He was an assistant coach at Beaver High School in Bluefield, WV in 1963, prior to joining the Rockets. He earned his MA at Marshall in 1965.

He went into his third year as an Assistant Coach of the Herd in 1970 and boasted a solid football background at every level of competition.

He left his wife and two year old daughter behind.

Southern Airlines Flight 932, left Kinston, North Carolina, at 6:38 p.m., carrying the Marshall University football team, coaching staff and fans to Huntington, West Virginia. The weather conditions were poor, mist and light rain with broken clouds. The plane descended below the Minimum Descent Altitude, striking trees on a hillside about one mile from the runway. The plane then crashed and burned. All 75 passengers on board were killed.

The event marked a boundary by which an entire community would forever measure time... before or after "The Crash". This site is a memorial to the lives that were lost on that evening; to honor those men and women who made a mark in the hearts of a school, a community and a nation.

Other Marshall University Plane Crash Victims

God bless you and the loved ones you left behind.


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  • Created by: Always Remembered~Susan A From MA
  • Added: 13 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21530150
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Moffett “Shorty” Moss, II (25 Mar 1941–14 Nov 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21530150, citing Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Always Remembered~Susan A From MA (contributor 46779683) .