From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William McCrea '22

Date of birth: July 11, 1899

Date of death: June 12, 1924

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1922 Lucky Bag:


William was lost on June 12, 1924 when USS Mississippi (BB 41)'s No. 2 turret exploded during gunnery practice off the coast of California

From Find A Grave:

The Clinton County Times, Lock Haven, PA, Fri., Jan. 30, 1925.

Give Memorial Tablet.
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. McCrea and daughter Mary will, within the next four weeks, place a bronze tablet in the vestibule of St. Joseph’s Catholic church (Renovo, PA), in memory of Ensign William G. McCrea, who was killed by an explosion in the Turret of the Battleship Mississippi, June 12, 1924.

The Bell in This Church was presented Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. McCrea and Daughter Mary, His Father, Mother, and Sister, “In Memory of William George McCrea 1899-1924 Ensign U.S. Navy Class of 1922 killed by Explosion in Turret No. 2 On Board U.S.S. Mississippi June 21, 1924. He gave his life to duty. A model Catholic. A Hero to his Country R.I.P. M.C. MXXIV.”

On one side of the tablet is a figure representing war while the opposite side shows a figure representing peace.

The bell mentioned on the tablet was blessed by Bishop J. J. McCort, Sept. 1, 1924 and soon afterward placed in the church belfry.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Thomas Zellars '21 and Marcus Erwin, Jr. '23 were also lost in this explosion.

Class of 1922

William is one of 27 members of the Class of 1922 on Virtual Memorial Hall.