From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Wood '58

Date of birth: June 22, 1934

Date of death: September 12, 1960

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1958 Lucky Bag:


From The Madison County Record on February 18, 1960

James was lost on September 12, 1960 when the AD-5 Skyraider he was piloting went missing and presumably crashed off the coast of northern California. He was flying from Moffett Field and "was last heard from" at about 10 p.m.

From researcher Kathy Franz:

A memorial service was held for him on September 25th on the lawn of his parents’ home. Commander Tillman Morgan and members of the Naval Reserve unit participated in the service as did Ltjg Charles Oleson ‘58. He had been with James at Annapolis and was with him through flight training. Both had been assigned to the Pacific Fleet last May, and both flew AD-6 Skyraiders at Moffett Field. Also present were his sister, her family, a brother Merritt Jr., and his wife. His father's name was Merritt.

Shipmates of James have dedicated a seat at the Memorial Stadium in his memory.

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Class of 1958

James is one of 28 members of the Class of 1958 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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