From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Walter Douglas, Jr. '39

Date of birth: February 17, 1916

Date of death: November 19, 1944

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:


Walter was lost on November 19, 1944 while piloting a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver in the vicinity of Leyte Gulf. He was a member of Bombing Squadron (VB) 81 "Hell Razors" operating from USS Wasp (CV 18).

His wife was listed as next of kin.


The 1939 and 1940 editions of the annual Naval and Marine Officers registry list Walter at Pensacola Naval Station.

Memorial Hall Error?

Walter is not listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall. While not an obvious error, inclusion on the panel for crashes like this—which seems to be incidental to a combat flights—has been inconsistent across WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Class of 1939

Walter is one of 77 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.