Monday, May 27, 2013

Cenotaph Honoring Staff Sergeant James A. Riggs

At Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery is a cenotaph in memory of Staff Sergeant James A. Riggs, who lost his life in World War Two. A cenotaph is a monument in memory of someone who is buried elsewhere. James A. Riggs enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 4, 1942. He was the son of Harry and Elizabeth Riggs of Sandusky, Ohio. During World War Two, Staff Sergeant James A. Riggs served with the 550th Bomber Squadron and the 395th Bomber Group. The February 7, 1944 issue of the Sandusky Register Star News reported that in June of 1943, a Flying Fortress was lost in the North Atlantic theater. James A. Riggs was among the crew of ten. All were lost, and their bodies were not recovered. Staff Sergeant James A. Riggs was honored, along with over one hundred other Erie County residents who lost their lives during World War Two in a community wide tribute held in Sandusky on August 21, 1946. You can read all the names of the 108 Erie County War Dead from World War Two in the August 19, 1946 issue of the Sandusky Register Star News, on microfilm at the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center.

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