In Memoriam

Walt Sigafoos

Walter Harrison Sigafoos, III

Capt. Walter H. Sigafoos, III, Class of 1968, was listed as missing in action on 25 April 1971. Hs. USAF changed his status to killed in action on 9 October 1973. Capt. Sigafoos' F-4 aircraft crashed while on an operational mission over Laos. He is survived by his wife, Judy, and son Walter, IV, and by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter H Sigafoos, Jr. Memorial services were held at the USAF Academy on 9 November 1973. These words of Alfred Tennyson were read at the service:

Crossing the Bar
Sunset and evening star.
And one clear call for me!
And may there be
No moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea.
For though from out
Our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far
I hope to see my Pilot
Face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

Capt. Sigafoos graduated from the Academy with a major in Astronautics. He was named to the Superintendent's Merit List in his second class year. He was elected president of the Ski Club and was a member of the Dance Committee. Following graduation he attended UNT at Mather AFB and graduated as a Distinguished Graduate. He received combat crew training in the F-4 at George AFB and was subsequently assigned with the 45th TFW at Mac-Dill AFB. In March 1971 he was reassigned to the 421st TFS at Da Nang Airfield, RVN. Capt. Sigafoos was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

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