From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Thorn '32

Date of birth: August 6, 1907

Date of death: December 4, 1958

Age: 51

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Ensign W. A. Thorn, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #4146 in 1935. Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1931. Captain Thorn commanded the aircraft carrier U.S.S. ANTIETAM (CVS-36) 1956-1957. Killed, along with with Navy Capt. Edward Herman Seiler, Jr. (NA #11545/1942), when the twin-engined JRB Beechcraft they were flying crashed into the Potomac River shortly after taking off from NAS Anacostia, Wash., D.C.

Captain Thorn was survived by his widow, Mrs. Norma Etheridge Thorn, two daughters and a son.

From the January 1959 issue of Shipmate:

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Capt W. A. THORN on 4 December 1958 as a result of an airplane accident in Washington, D. C. At the time of his death he was with the Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness Executive Office of the Office of Chief of Naval Operations. Captain Thorne is survived by his widow, Norma E.; two daughters, Margaret, 9, and Susan, 7; a son by a previous marriage, William A., Jr., and his mother, Margaret Thorn, Edgewater, Md.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Wartime Service

William was commanding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 74, based in Bermuda, in early January 1942.

In 1954 he was commanding officer of the Coco Solo Naval Base, Panama.

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Edward Seiler, Jr. '39 was also lost in this crash.

Class of 1932

William is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.