From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Theodore Graver '58

Date of birth: February 10, 1936

Date of death: July 19, 1960

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1958 Lucky Bag:


Theodore was lost on July 19, 1960 in an "aircraft accident, Hunter AFB, Savannah, Georgia." (Per the September-October 1960 issue of Shipmate.) Two other men were also lost; they were flying a helicopter from Mayport, Florida to Rhode Island.

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Theodore's father was Donald, a plumber and electrician; his mother was Frieda; and he had a brother, Ronald.

He graduated from New Albany High School in 1954. Debate Club, Vice President; Vista Staff newspaper annual; Indiana University Journalism Institute; Band (cornet), Drum Major. He worked with his classmates on radio station WNAS-FM from 1-3 p.m. during the week. It was the first low power FM station in public schools in the United States. In 1954 it increased to 1,000 watts which made it the most powerful, completely student operated radio station in the country.

In March 1954 Theodore was nominated to the Naval Academy by Congressman D. Bailey Merrill.

The helicopter was assigned to an antisubmarine squadron at Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

He was survived by his wife Betty.

He is buried in Indiana.


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Class of 1958

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

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