From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Wood '56

Date of birth: March 21, 1935

Date of death: January 14, 1958

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1956 Lucky Bag:

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From USNA '56:

Jim was fatally injured in an aircraft accident in 1958 in the course of his combat crew flight training. He had successfully completed primary and basic flight training commencing shortly after his graduation from the Naval Academy, having earned his silver wings as an Air Force Pilot just a few months prior to the fatal accident.

Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, he was known for his outgoing personality and ready smile, as well as his athletic ability on the football field as part of Coach Erdelatz’s great teams of the 1950’s. Jim was not married.

He is buried in Texas.

He was a member of the 3608th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Luke Air Force Base; the crash was near Swansea, Arizona. (Information from March 1958 issue of Shipmate.)

Class of 1956

James is one of 26 members of the Class of 1956 on Virtual Memorial Hall.