From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Weldon Riggs '52

Date of birth: January 28, 1930

Date of death: April 5, 1957

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1952 Lucky Bag:


"Max" was lost when his aircraft collided with another off Beirut, Lebanon, on April 5, 1957. He was flying from USS Forrestal with Attack Squadron (VA) 76; he had only reported in February as the Maintenance Officer.

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

Known as “Max,” he graduated from El Dorado High School in 1948 and lettered in football. In the Class Will, he reluctantly left his Jr. G-man badge to a junior classmate. In the Class Prophecy, Max is an Admiral on the tug boat “Annie.”

Max also had a brother Larry and a sister Paula.

He was survived by his wife, Martha. (Information from June 1957 issue of Shipmate.)

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Class of 1952

Weldon is one of 50 members of the Class of 1952 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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