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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: December 15, 1919
Date of death: February 26, 1944
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

1942 Roy LB.jpg

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:



Bill, as he is popularly known among his many friends within and around the Academy, hails from Indiana. Coming from the Fleet, he maintained a high standing and still participated in many sports, earning his letter in cross country Anyone who knows him will tell you that he's a good man to have around, and a swell fellow to live with, so what more could one ask for?

Battalion Track; Foreign Language Club; 1 Stripe.

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.


William was lost when USS Grayback (SS 208) was sunk by a Japanese aircraft on February 24, 1944 in the East China Sea.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant William C. Roy, Jr. (NSN: 0-123558), United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for gallantry in action while serving as Plotting Officer aboard a United States Submarine during war patrols in enemy-controlled waters during World War II. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 337 (April 1945)
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Division: United States Navy Submarine (SS)

Class Navigation

Class of 1942
William is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.
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