Briggs, Richard Henry, Capt

 Service Photo 
 Service Details
44 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
7509-Pilot VMA-AV-8B Qualified
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1974-1974, 7509, VMA-542
Service Years
1969 - 1974
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate



 Last Photo 
 Personal Details 

542 kb

Home State
Not Specified
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt Edson Bellis to remember Marine Capt Richard Henry Briggs.

If you knew or served with this Marine and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jun 05, 1974
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec: 1, Site: 920-A-2

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
In the Line of Duty
  1974, In the Line of Duty

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Members of Congress and military brass were watching as Briggs, 28, brought his AV-8A in for a landing during a military exercise near Camp Lejeune, N.C.  His plane banked, rolled, then crashed.  He didn't survive an ejection into a wooded area, said his widow, Marv Briggs.  Investigators blamed pilot error and noted he was flying on five hours' sleep.  An experienced A-4 Skyhawk pilot, he had just 44 hours of flight time in the Harrier.  His logbook showed he flew 6.2 hours in the month before his death and 10.2 hours the month before that, his widow said.  His wing commander used the incident to write that Harrier pilots needed to fly 17 to 20 hours a month to stay proficient.  Marv Briggs remembered him as a "warm, funny and kind man."  A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, he flew in the first Harrier squadron trained in this country.  "He was very excited about the possibilities of that plane," she said.  "It was a whole new part of aviation."

Other Comments:
Harrier Pilots
All shared a devotion to the corps and to the Harrier's special mission of using Marine air power to protect Marines on the ground.  Some came from military families, with fathers and even grandfathers who had flown or fought in America's wars.  Others stunned their parents when they announced plans to enlist and learn to fly.  They typically were high achievers in school and in flight training.  Some chose to fly the Harrier, invigorated by the challenge.  Others were assigned to the plane by the Marines.  They died in fiery explosions and ill-timed ejections.  Some made fatal mistakes.  Some did everything right and perished anyway.
 Photo Album   (More...

  1974-1974, 7509, VMA-542

From Month/Year
- / 1974
To Month/Year
- / 1974
VMA-542 Unit Page
7509-Pilot VMA-AV-8B Qualified
Not Specified
Not Specified
 VMA-542 Details

Marine Attack Squadron 542 (VMA-542) is a United States Marine Corps fixed wing attack squadron that consists of AV-8B Harrier (V/STOL) jets. The squadron is based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 14 (MAG-14) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW).
Air Units
Parent Unit
Fixed Wing Units
Air Squadron
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Sep 4, 2017
My Photos For This Unit
No Available Photos
34 Members Also There at Same Time

Jenson, Gerald, Col, (1962-1991) 75 Major
Kinard, William, Maj, (1969-1978) 75 7508 Major
Owen, PATRICK, LtCol, (1965-1986) 75 7508 Captain
Dettman, Richard, GySgt, (1956-1975) 60 6052 Gunnery Sergeant
Clifton, Craig, Sgt, (1970-1974) 66 6639 Sergeant
Cline, Delroy, Sgt, (1971-1975) 65 6541 Sergeant
Demeter, Gene, Sgt, (1970-1978) 65 6531 Sergeant
Foos, Jack, Sgt, (1971-1975) 60 6022 Sergeant
Fuller, Daniel, Sgt, (1970-1976) 65 6535 Sergeant
Griswold, Leon, Sgt, (1973-1977) 64 6435 Sergeant
Hart, John, Sgt, (1971-1975) 70 7041 Sergeant
Hilleary, Jim, Sgt, (1967-1976) 30 3073 Sergeant
Hummel, Thomas, 1stSgt, (1969-1991) 64 6432 Sergeant
Johnston, Bob, Sgt, (1970-1974) 65 6511 Sergeant
Kotlarz, Francis, Sgt, (1970-1975) 66 6636 Sergeant
KREITZER, DAVID, Sgt, (1970-1974) 65 6531 Sergeant
Rasmussen, Jess, MSgt, (1968-1988) 60 6062 Sergeant
Self, Tom, Sgt, (1971-1978) 64 6416 Sergeant
White, John, MGySgt, (1971-2005) 60 6015 Sergeant
Bois, Terry, Cpl, (1973-1977) 60 6064 Corporal
Calderwood, Bill, Cpl, (1970-1974) 63 6335 Corporal
Hall, Douglas, Cpl, (1972-1976) 30 3072 Corporal
Lyon, James, Cpl, (1972-1976) 60 6018 Corporal
McInerny, Mike, LCpl, (1971-1976) 60 6052 Corporal
Ramon, Jesus, Cpl, (1972-1976) 60 6015 Corporal
Simmons, Don, Cpl, (1973-1977) 60 6052 Corporal
Wood, Robie, Sgt, (1971-1975) 65 6531 Corporal
Wood, Robie, Sgt, (1971-1975) 8563 Corporal
George, William Rick, Cpl, (1974-1978) 63 6335 Lance Corporal
Bryant, Lawrence, Sgt, (1973-1983) 65 6531 Private 1st Class
Felcan, Jan, Sgt, (1973-1977) 60 6052 Private 1st Class
Petrillo, Armand, SSgt, (1973-1988) 60 6042 Private 1st Class
Sidler, George, MSgt, (1973-2000) 65 6531 Private 1st Class
Simon, Guy, Sgt, (1974-1978) 60 6082 Private 1st Class
Klyn, William, CWO4, (1971-1995) Sergeant

Copyright Inc 2003-2011