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Rick hails from the arid wasteland or plush tropical desert of Arizona, which ever you prefer. He either got his freckles and red hair from the hot dry weather at home or the sweet taste of College life he enjoyed at Arizona State before coming to Navy. The only man at the Academy to boast that his picture was put on a cover of TIME magazine for being a 'perpetual restrictee', he always had a way with women as those who are close to him well know. The haircut he'll never forget and his avid interest in the Marine Corps have earned him the nickname of Recon, while his subtle humor, crooked grin and outstanding potential as an officer are sure to be welcome.  
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== Other Information ==
From researcher Kathy Franz:
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He was assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542.
 
Survivors were his wife Mary Lou of Laurel Bay, South Carolina; parents William and Nellie Mae Briggs of Tempe, Arizona.
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He [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49129589 is buried in] Arlington National Cemetery.
 
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[[Category:1969|Briggs]]
[[Category:1969|Briggs]]

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Richard Briggs '69

Date of birth: January 5, 1946

Date of death: June 5, 1974

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1969 Lucky Bag:

1969 Briggs LB.jpg

RICHARD HENRY BRIGGS

Arizona

Rick hails from the arid wasteland or plush tropical desert of Arizona, which ever you prefer. He either got his freckles and red hair from the hot dry weather at home or the sweet taste of College life he enjoyed at Arizona State before coming to Navy. The only man at the Academy to boast that his picture was put on a cover of TIME magazine for being a 'perpetual restrictee', he always had a way with women as those who are close to him well know. The haircut he'll never forget and his avid interest in the Marine Corps have earned him the nickname of Recon, while his subtle humor, crooked grin and outstanding potential as an officer are sure to be welcome.

1969 Briggs LB.jpg

RICHARD HENRY BRIGGS

Arizona

Rick hails from the arid wasteland or plush tropical desert of Arizona, which ever you prefer. He either got his freckles and red hair from the hot dry weather at home or the sweet taste of College life he enjoyed at Arizona State before coming to Navy. The only man at the Academy to boast that his picture was put on a cover of TIME magazine for being a 'perpetual restrictee', he always had a way with women as those who are close to him well know. The haircut he'll never forget and his avid interest in the Marine Corps have earned him the nickname of Recon, while his subtle humor, crooked grin and outstanding potential as an officer are sure to be welcome.

Loss

From The Los Angeles Times on December 17, 2002; the article is a compilation of deaths while flying in the AV-8 Harrier.

Died: June 5, 1974

Members of Congress and military brass were watching as Briggs, 28, brought his AV-8A in for a landing during a military exercise near Camp Lejeune, N.C.

His plane banked, rolled, then crashed. He didn't survive an ejection into a wooded area, said his widow, Marv Briggs. Investigators blamed pilot error and noted he was flying on five hours' sleep.

An experienced A-4 Skyhawk pilot, he had just 44 hours of flight time in the Harrier. His logbook showed he flew 6.2 hours in the month before his death and 10.2 hours the month before that, his widow said. His wing commander used the incident to write that Harrier pilots needed to fly 17 to 20 hours a month to stay proficient.

Marv Briggs remembered him as a "warm, funny and kind man." A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, he flew in the first Harrier squadron trained in this country. "He was very excited about the possibilities of that plane," she said. "It was a whole new part of aviation."

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

He was assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542.

Survivors were his wife Mary Lou of Laurel Bay, South Carolina; parents William and Nellie Mae Briggs of Tempe, Arizona.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Class of 1969

Richard is one of 17 members of the Class of 1969 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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