From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Walter Bayless '36

Date of birth: November 10, 1914

Date of death: May 4, 1943

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

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.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in Tennessee.


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.

Class of 1936

Walter is one of 39 members of the Class of 1936 on Virtual Memorial Hall.