Walter B. Ligon
Colonel, United States Army
a contemporary press report:
Walter B. Ligon, 85, an Army colonel and civilian executive at the Defense Department who retired as deputy director of the Defense Security Assistance Agency, died of cardiopulmonary arrest June 15, 1999 at Columbia Pentagon City Hospital.
Colonel Ligon was a native of Louisiana and grew up in New Orleans. He began his Army career while still a teenager, enlisting in a horse artillery battalion. During World War II, he participated in the landings in southern France and later commanded an artillery battalion and took part in the liberation of Nazi concentration camps.
Later Army service included duty with NATO in France and service in Korea.
He retired from active Army duty in 1962 and became a civilian logistics specialist at the Defense Department. He was a top executive of the military assistance program. At the Defense Security Assistance Agency, he was both director of plans and deputy director.
He received the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award.
A resident of Alexandria, he had lived in the Washington area for 40 years.
His avocations included gourmet cooking, photography and, more recently, his computer.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Barbara
Heffner Ligon of Alexandria; four children, Walter B. Ligon Jr. of Silver
Spring, Tom Ligon of New York, Linn Ligon of Woodbridge and Kathleen Williams
of Alexandria; two sisters; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
On Tuesday, June 15, 1999, at Pentagon City
Hospital, WALTER B. LIGON. Husband of Barbara Heffner Ligon; father of
Walter B. Ligon, Jr., Thomas Bryant Ligon, Linn Ligon and Kathleen Ligon
Williams; brother of Bessie Kleinschmidt and Madeline McDowell. Also survived
by four grandchildren, Walter B. Ligon III, Dorothy M. Thornton, Zoe Alexandra
Ligon and Alexa Linn Williams and four great-grandchildren. Interment Arlington
National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children's
Hospital Foundation, 111 Michigan Ave. NW, Washington, DC.
Posted: 20 June 1999 Updated: 6 December 2000 Updated: 26 August 2001 Updated: 9 March 2003 Updated: 14 May 2006