WILLIAM A. WATSON, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Watson '26

Date of birth: November 16, 1903

Date of death: October 2, 1930

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From Find A Grave:

Ensign W. A. Watson, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #3491 in 1929. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1926.

Lieut. (Junior Grade) Watson was killed when his two-place land-based scouting aircraft crashed near Cape Charles, Va., during fleet exercises. The aircraft reportedly had a wing come apart while in a dive. Watson's observer safely jumped prior to the aircraft impacting the ground.

LTJG Watson was assigned to the cruiser USS CONCORD at the time of the accident. He was not married.

The date of the accident was October 2, 1930.

William was survived by his parents; he is buried in Tennessee.


Class of 1926

William is one of 35 members of the Class of 1926 in Memorial Hall.