From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Percy Williams, Jr. '55

Date of birth: October 9, 1932

Date of death: February 21, 1959

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1955 Lucky Bag:

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Percy Williams and Bob Pirie practice passing.


In the Courier-News (Bridgewater, New Jersey on February 24, 1959, a fragmented report that Percy was lost when his "jet fighter plane" crashed into the Mediterranean immediately after launching from USS Intrepid. He was lost on Feb. 21, 1959 and is remembered — his body was not recovered, according to news reports — with a headstone in Arlington National Cemetery.

Percy is listed on the "In Memoriam" page of the 1959 USS Intrepid cruise book.


Percy was survived by his parents, "Mr. and Mrs. P.W. Williams" of Bridgeview, NJ.


While the cruise book doesn't list Percy in a squadron, VF-33 is listed as losing a F-11A fighter jet on 2/21/59.

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Class of 1955

Percy is one of 34 members of the Class of 1955 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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