WILLARD A. SAMPSON, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Willard Sampson '40

Date of birth: June 23, 1916

Date of death: June 22, 1950

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Sam was lost in a crash of an AJ-1 Savage in Huddleston, VA, while ferrying the aircraft from Edwards AFB, California on June 22, 1950. The page has more details on the crash as well as information on the permanent memorial erected on the site in 2002.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His gravestone lists the Distinguished Flying Cross and two gold stars among his awards; unable to find a citation.


Class of 1940

Willard is one of 89 members of the Class of 1940 in Memorial Hall.