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This collection emphasizes the vast extent of world travels by Commander William McKinley Rigdon during his service in the United States Navy. A Bulloch County native, Rigdon, known by those close to him as "Bill," was born in Statesboro, Georgia on June 10, 1904. In 1922, at the age of 18, he joined the United States Navy. During those years, he served as Assistant Naval Aide to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, and was on the transition team for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1953, he retired as a Commander with thirty years of service. In 1962, with James Derieux, Rigdon published his Navy memoirs in White House Sailor. A portion of Rigdon's papers are located in the Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York. Some papers are located in the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. A large portion of his papers, covering the years of 1930-1980, were donated by Rigdon in 1982 to the Zach S. Henderson Library Special Collections Department at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. These papers reflect Rigdon's attendance at the great conferences in World War II, his role in the Map Room of the war years, his recordings of photographs and movies of the trips of the presidents, and his personal management of "Shangri-La," now Camp David. Commander Rigdon died in Bethesda, Maryland on April 24, 1991 at the age of 86. He is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery.

 
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