From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Tarpley '53

Date of birth: March 8, 1930

Date of death: June 27, 1962

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


William was lost when his F8U crashed near NAS Miramar on June 27, 1962. He was survived by his mother and sister; he is buried in Georgia.

Navy and Marine Corps Medal

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Ensign William A. Tarpley, United States Navy, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism at the risk of life not involving conflict with an armed enemy while serving on board U.S.S. CONE (DD-866), during operations with Task Force 77 in the Sea of Japan on the night of 10 January 1954.

General Orders: All Hands (February 1955)
Action Date: January 10, 1954
Service: Navy
Rank: Ensign
Division: U.S.S. Cone (DD-866)

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Class of 1953

William is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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