WILLIAM G. MYERS, CDR, USN
William Myers '26
Date of birth: October 8, 1904
Date of death: January 21, 1943
From the 1926 Lucky Bag:
William was lost on January 21, 1943, when the aircraft he was aboard crashed near Ukiah, California while enroute from Pearl Harbor to San Francisco. The flying boat, a Pan Am Clipper, was being operated by Pan Am employees but was a contracted Navy flight, and all ten passengers were Navy officers.
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
From Fleet Organization:
- Executive Officer USS Permit (SS-178) 1 Jan 1939
- Acting Captain USS Permit (SS-178) 31 Jan 1939
- Duty Supervisor of Shipbuilding Electric Boat Co Groton CT 1 Jul 1939 - 1 Nov 1940
- Captain USS Gato (SS-212) 31 Dec 1941 - 2 Oct 1942
- Ordered as Engineering Officer COMSUBPAC Jan 1943
- Lieutenant 30 Jun 1936
- Lieutenant Commander 1 Jul 1940
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Commander William Girard Myers (NSN: 0-60457), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in combat while serving as Commanding Officer of the Submarine U.S.S. GATO (SS-212) during 1942. Despite determined enemy opposition Commander Myers skillfully pressed home attacks which resulted in the sinking of an important amount of Japanese shipping; this without disabling damage to his own ship. His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander in Chief, Pacific: Serial 33 (April 29, 1943)
Silver Lifesaving Medal
Unable to find a citation or the circumstances of the Silver Lifesaving Medal he was awarded.
Robert English '11, Donald Godwin '11, Robert Smith '20, John Crane '26, Francis Black '26, John Coll '27, and George Stone '31 were also lost in the crash of Pan Am Flight 1104. Eight of the ten passengers were Naval Academy graduates.