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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 2, 1925
Date of death: July 14, 1950
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

1947 Hearne LB.jpg

From the 1947 Lucky Bag:

William George Hearne

Poplar Bluff, Missouri

"We're loyal to you, Poplar Bluff, We're loyal and true Poplar Bluff." Anyone wanting to know the latest about the Bluff, (the gateway to the beautiful, scenic Ozarks of Missouri) see "Bees-Buddy." Had the O D. not come around youngster year he could have shown you at graduation any edition of the home town gazette since plebe summer. Battlin' Bill could always be counted on to ask the prof those simple questions, which usually ended up with the poor fellow in knots, reaching for his gouge. Few of us will have to think twice before remembering him, as he's had little trouble making lasting friends.

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.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any information about Bill's life or loss. He is buried in Missouri.

His gravestone includes "Patrol Sq 23." However, various Patrol Squadron (VP) 23 history pages don't list a crash near that date.

Class Navigation

Class of 1947
William is one of 27 members of the Class of 1947 in Memorial Hall.
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