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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: June 17, 1921
Date of death: April 22, 1959
Age: 37

Lucky Bag

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From the 1946 Lucky Bag:

Howard Leroy Weigle

New Castle, Pennsylvania

Leaving behind a promising career in the steel industry, “Wig” soon proved that “their loss is our gain.” “Wig’s” friendly manner, quick wit, and ready smile soon won him many friends. Easily starring plebe year, he was little bothered by the Academic Departments. Youngster year saw him spending more time on his bunk, but with time for intramural sports, sailing, and plenty of bull sessions. Determined to see a job through to the end, “Wig” was known as a man who finished anything he started, whether it was a practical joke, a blind drag, or a more serious role in life.

The Class of 1946 was graduated in June 1945 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Howard was lost when his A-3B Skyraider crashed near NAS Sanford, FL on April 22, 1959. Three other crew were also lost.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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