WALTER B. BAYLESS, LCDR, USN
Walter Bayless '36
Date of birth: November 10, 1914
Date of death: May 4, 1943
From the 1936 Lucky Bag:
Walter was listed as missing on May 4, 1943 (and presumed dead on May 5, 1944) in the Pacific after his F4U-1 fighter disappeared after a pre-dawn launch from NAS Maui with Fighting Squadron (VF) 12. His was one of four planes that were lost in this mission.
Though the Navy's casualty list — and possibly his memorial marker, though there is no picture — have Walter as a CDR, he is listed in the "deaths on active list" of the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1944 as a Lieutenant Commander. Memorial Hall has LCDR.