From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Stephenson, III '51

Date of birth: March 13, 1929

Date of death: April 10, 1953

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:


Steve was lost when the F-47 Thunderbolt he was aboard was lost over eastern Lake Ontario on April 10, 1953; he was enroute to Portland, Oregon.

Unable to find any burial site or memory marker. The one listing for him has an incorrect date of death.


From The Eugene Guard on April 26, 1953:

1ST LT. WILLIAM G. STEPHENSON III. 47th Fighter Interceptor Squadron pilot at Niagara Falls Municipal Airport, N.Y., has been appointed to the Graduate School at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Lieutenant Stephenson was awarded a Guggenheim grant for graduate study in jet propulsion. Only 12 such grants are awarded annually. Stephenson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Stephenson…

This appointment had been made April 9th, the day before he was lost.

Class of 1951

William is one of 48 members of the Class of 1951 on Virtual Memorial Hall.