WILLIAM C. FRANCE, CAPT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William France '24

Date of birth: October 28, 1902

Date of death: April 2, 1945

Age: 42

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:

Loss

William was lost on April 2, 1945 when USS Henrico (APA 45) was struck by a kamikaze during the invasion of Okinawa.

He had only taken command of Henrico two weeks earlier, on March 18.

His wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by his daughter, Martha. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Bronze Star

William was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star.


Class of 1924

William is one of 41 members of the Class of 1924 in Memorial Hall.