Nov 16, 2017

TAPS: CDR James G. Rigas, USNR-Ret.

12 November 2017
CDR James G. Rigas, USNR-Ret., at his home with his beloved wife, Mary.

"Jim," was born in New York and volunteered in the U.S Army in December 1942. Graduated military intelligence school, Camp Ritchie, Maryland and was assigned to HQ 82nd Airborne, Division (G2) London, England. Qualified parachutist. Battles include the Normandy Invasion, Nijmegen in the Netherlands, Battle of the Bulge and central Europe all the way to Berlin. Served with the 82nd Airborne for six months in occupation of Berlin. After discharge December 1945 as a S/Sgt, attended Georgetown University where he received BS, FS and M.A. degrees.

NIP stalwart Sid Wood recalls that Jim joined the U.S. Naval reserves in 1949 and served until 1974 attaining the rank of Commander as an Intelligence Officer at a variety of posts, including State, ONI, and CIA. His career also included Army Security Agency, Naval Photographic Interpretation Center, State Department and in later years was a Navy Representative at C.I.A. Headquarters working on National Intelligence Estimates.

Jim was married with two daughters, seven grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren and lived in Leesburg, VA in retirement. Family and friends can join at the Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg, VA on November 16, 2017 between 6 to 8 p.m. for a viewing.

The funeral service will be held at the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Dulles, VA on November 17, 2017 at 1 p.m. Full military honors will be held on a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. www.colonialfuneralhome.com