GROVER B. WINDHAM, JR., CDR, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: September 26, 1955
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

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From the 1943 Lucky Bag:

GROVER "B" WINDHAM, JR.

Fairfield, Alabama

Windy reminded us of those tall, congenial southerners that we used to read about. Always cheerful, with never a harsh word, Windy was always the right fellow for a bull session. His bits of wisdom at such gatherings went more or less unheeded, but the spirit was willing. Nothing fazed him; adversities came as just one of those things that have to happen—a necessary evil—and that was all there was to it. This his imagination, judgment, and even disposition, he will be a welcome addition to any wardroom.

He was a member of the Lucky Bag staff and a member of the lacrosse team.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

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From Find A Grave:

Grover B. Windham graduated from the US Naval Academy with the class of 1943. Due to WWII, the class graduated a full year early, in June, 1942. His home of record at the time was Fairfield, Alabama.

He served throughout WWII and eventually went into Naval Aviation. In 1955, he was part of the group known as "Hurricane Hunters" and in command of the 9 man crew of the plane known as "Snowcloud Five". On 26 September of that year, the plane was lost, while tracking Category Five Hurricane Janet. LCDR Windham had been based at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. He was survived by a wife and two children.

He was in command of a P2V-3W Neptune. More details about the loss are in this articleat Weatherwise.


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Grover is one of 77 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.
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