GEORGE A. WILDRIDGE, JR., LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Wildridge, Jr. '69

Date of birth: March 19, 1947

Date of death: October 22, 1973

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1969 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Together We Served:

Ltjg Wildridge was the copilot of an SH-3G helicopter assigned to HC-1 that crashed off MIDWAY's bow on take-off for an SAR mission. Him and two other crewmembers on board are killed. The helicopter was supposed to get underway to the crash site of two other MIDWAY aircraft that had a mid-air collision. Involved in the mid-air collision were an A-7A (VA-56) and an EA-6A (VMCJ-1).

Lost aboard the helicopter was Ltjg George A, Wildridge, Ltjg William J Bates, and ADJ1 Richard H. Hall.

Shipmate

From the March 1974 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. George Alfred Wildridge, USN, died on 22 October while flying from USS Midway in the Philippine Sea.

Born in Clifton Springs, N.Y., Lt. Wildridge reported to Pensacola in the summer of 1969 after graduating from the Naval Academy. He earned his wings in March of 1971 and served his first tour in Adak, Alaska, where he was a station pilot flying H-2 Seasprite helicopters. He left Adak in mid-1973 to fly the H-3 Sea King helicopter. He was attached to the HC-1 detachment aboard MIDWAY at the time of his death.

Surviving are his widow, Jane, 229-D Regency Court, Chula Vista, CA 92011; his son, Goerge Alfred III; and his parents. Mr. and Mrs. George Alfred Wildridge, Sr.


Class of 1969

George is one of 17 members of the Class of 1969 in Memorial Hall.