From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Clay, Jr. '41

Date of birth: January 2, 1919

Date of death: November 21, 1944

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Maj. Clay's plane, an FU4-1 Corsair, was hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded during a bombing mission near Yap island. Yapese recovered his body from the ocean, buried him, and cared for the grave until the Americans came looking. At the end of the war, his remains were returned to the USA and reburied at Arlington.

The after-action report is available here.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Class of 1941

William is one of 60 members of the Class of 1941 on Virtual Memorial Hall.