From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Russel Willson, Jr. '41

Date of birth: July 12, 1919

Date of death: June 21, 1945

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Naval Lt. Russell Willson, Jr., son of Vice Admiral Russell Willson, the former superintendent of the Naval Academy, was killed in an aircraft crash at Green Cove Springs, Florida. Lt. Willson, who was a native of Washington, was a February, 1941 graduate of Annapolis.

He had served on vessels in the Pacific and Atlantic prior to entering Naval Aviation in February, 1944. Lt. Willson was an instructor in combat training at Lee Field in Florida at the time of his death.

He is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery, next to his parents, who both survived him (along with two sisters.)


His father, Russel Sr., retired as a Vice Admiral after serving as chief of staff to Admiral King during World War II. He had been awarded the Navy Cross during World War I for his work as a cryptologist.

Class of 1941

Russel is one of 60 members of the Class of 1941 on Virtual Memorial Hall.