From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Roy, Jr. '42

Date of birth: December 15, 1919

Date of death: February 26, 1944

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


William was lost when USS Grayback (SS 208) was sunk by Japanese aircraft on February 26, 1944 south of Okinawa.

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 of 1942

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