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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: September 2, 1954
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1952 Geriak LB.jpg

From the 1952 Lucky Bag:

Richard Geriak

Yonkers, New York

The Spade's last jump with the Eleventh Airborne landed him in USNA via Bainbridge—but his heart is still at 40,000 feet. This great love is also his great sorrow—F9F or F86? Dick found time to fly a few sorties on the opposite sex, the more notable being on Camid V. Spade also demonstrated his prowess in batt and company athletics as well as in activities of the Russian and Foreign Relations Clubs. Trading his cross-rifles for anchors and stars, Spade was able to hold his own with a slide rule. His popularity among his classmates will well attest to his friendliness and quick wit which will find him many friends in either the Fleet Air Corps or the USAF.

He was also a member of the 24th Company staff (2nd set) and recipient of an “E Award.”


Dick was lost when his F-84 crashed shortly after takeoff from Naha, Okinawa on September 2, 1954; the cause of the crash was due to engine failure.

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Class of 1952
Richard is one of 48 members of the Class of 1952 in Memorial Hall.
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