From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Alvin Wilderman '59

Date of birth: June 21, 1937

Date of death: November 30, 1973

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1959 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Wilderman Hall at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA, was named in memory of Commander Alvin L. Wilderman, born in Bond County, Illinois in 1937, a 1959 graduate of the Naval Academy and a 1961 graduate of Submarine School. Commander Wilderman was washed overboard from the bridge of PLUNGER (SSN-595) on 1 December 1973 outside Golden Gate while the ship was enroute to routine post- overhaul sea trials. In spite of an intensive search by air and sea, his body was never recovered. He had cleared the bridge of all other personnel when the ship encountered extremely heavy seas and no one else was lost. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal posthumously. Commander Wilderman previously served in VON STEUBEN (SSBN-632), WOODROW WILSON (SSBN-624), and as Executive Officer of PARGO (SSN-650), before assuming command of PLUNGER.

Al has a memory marker in Illinois.

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Class of 1959

Alvin is one of 31 members of the Class of 1959 in Memorial Hall.