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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: November 18, 1923
Date of death: March 17, 1961
Age: 37

Lucky Bag

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From the 1947 Lucky Bag:

William Elmer Grimes

Catawissa, Pennsylvania

After three hard years at Penn State and twenty-eight delightful days in the Army, Bill decided a military life was to his liking. That was in 1943. Meanwhile, Icetongs has left his mark—today his bridge partners are mental wrecks; his athletic opponents, invalids; his classmates, bleeding tributes to a wicked slipstick and a savvy brain. Like most of us, he considered women and song to be of secondary importance, but he was always able to produce an extraordinary drag. Bill takes with him a host of friends and leaves behind an enviable record.

The Class of 1947 was graduated in June 1946 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


William was lost when his A5A Vigilante crashed near NAS Patuxent River, MD, on March 17, 1961.

He is buried in Pennsylvania.


He was survived by his wife, Jane Preston. She later remarried.

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