WILLIAM A. SISSONS, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Sissons '38

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: September 3, 1945

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Find A Grave:

W.A. Sissons was my Dad's cousin. He served on the USS Conner DD-582 during WWII and was in many major battles. He died tragically after the war while attempting to board ship during a typhoon.

Unable to find any further details. He was commanding officer of USS Conner (DD 582) from Feb 18 1945 - Aug 29 1945. (The officer next listed was a LT and "acting" for less than three weeks. Perhaps his date of loss is not accurate?)

Wartime Service

William took command of USS Conner (DD 582) in Puget Sound Navy Yard while the ship was undergoing overhaul.

From Wikipedia's history for the time of his command:

Returning to San Pedro Bay, Leyte, 16 May 1945, Conner sailed 6 June to guard minesweepers and underwater demolition teams at work in Brunei Bay, Borneo, in preparation for invasion. Conner joined in bombarding Brunei, and provided pinpoint gunfire support on call from the invading Australian troops from 10 to 17 June. From 1 to 9 July, she gave the same service in the invasion of Balikpapan. Returning to the Philippines 17 July, she joined Charrette for a patrol in the Netherlands East Indies. On 2 August they sighted a Japanese hospital ship Tachibana Maru, which they stopped for inspection. Discovering contraband and a large number of troops on board, they took the ship prize, and escorted her into Morotai 6 August.

A week later Conner sailed for Okinawa, and with the war at an end, arrived at Jinsen, Korea, 8 September 1945,

More detail on the boarding and capture of the Japanese troop transport masquerading as a hospital ship is available in this entertaining newspaper report.


Class of 1938

William is one of 69 members of the Class of 1938 in Memorial Hall.