FRASER W. SPILLER, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Fraser Spiller '53

Date of birth: September 11, 1930

Date of death: July 16, 1956

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:

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FRASER WILLIAM SPILLER

Marion, Illinois

Bill was born in Annapolis, while his Dad (class of 1925) was attending P.G. School. Seven duty stations later, (Washington, D.C.) some inner nautical yearning brought Bill back to Crabtown ... to the inner side of the Wall. He was a plebe while his brother was a first-classman in another battalion. He held his own in bull sessions . . . but not so in "Bull" classes. He was definitely carnivorous . . . beef his favorite . . . but he still had a weekly battle with the scales to make his wrestling weight. Most people notice one thing immediately when they're with Bill: he's at ease wherever he is. Stability and a pleasant disposition are fine companions. So is Bill.

1953 Spiller LB.jpg

FRASER WILLIAM SPILLER

Marion, Illinois

Bill was born in Annapolis, while his Dad (class of 1925) was attending P.G. School. Seven duty stations later, (Washington, D.C.) some inner nautical yearning brought Bill back to Crabtown ... to the inner side of the Wall. He was a plebe while his brother was a first-classman in another battalion. He held his own in bull sessions . . . but not so in "Bull" classes. He was definitely carnivorous . . . beef his favorite . . . but he still had a weekly battle with the scales to make his wrestling weight. Most people notice one thing immediately when they're with Bill: he's at ease wherever he is. Stability and a pleasant disposition are fine companions. So is Bill.

Loss

Fraser was lost when his F2H-3 Banshee crashed south of Okinawa on July 16, 1956. He was a member of Fighter Squadron (VF) 152, operating from USS Wasp (CV 18).

Other Information

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He was survived by his parents and brother; at the time of his death his father (USNA '25) was a retired Navy Captain and his brother was a Lieutenant aboard USS Sailfish (SS 572). He was also survived by his mother.


Class of 1953

Fraser is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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