From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Crawford, Jr. '43

Date of birth: 1920

Date of death: June 13, 1945

Age: 26

Naval Academy Register

William Hugh Crawford, Jr was admitted to the Naval Academy from Alabama on August 23, 1939 at age 19 years 3 months.

He left on February 10, 1940 because he was "Deficient in studies, first term's work. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign."

Lucky Bag

William Hugh Crawford, Jr., is listed with 195 others below this inscription:

NOT ALL OF US who joined the Class of '43 stayed with us to that one broad stripe. Many fell at the end of plebe year, the casualty list mounted at the end of youngster year and a very few left us when the course was almost run. Reasons were varied and diverse: academic tangles, physical disabilities, civilian leanings.... Many went into civilian occupations, some were drafted, others became flyers and a few volunteered for foreign military service. Some left us early, many stayed for a long while, but none will be forgotten.


From the Class of 1943 column in the April 1946 issue of Shipmate:

WILLIAM H. CRAWFORD, (Lt., AUS, Deceased). We heard recently that Lt. Crawford had been killed on Luzon in June, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star.

From the "Last Call" section:

WILLIAM HUGH CRAWFORD, '43, Lieut, AUS. "Killed on Luzon 13 June, 1945 as a member of the 139th F. A. Bn., Btry. 6, of the 38th Infantry Division.

The Shipmate blurbs above have a key typo — William was not an Australian, but a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. He is buried in Taguig City, Philippines. His service number was 0-523701, and he entered the service from Alabama.

Unable to find any details, but William was lost while a member of the 139th Field Artillery Battalion, 38th Infantry Division. The division was engaged in cleanup operations on the island of Luzon at the time of his death.

William is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall.

Silver Star

Unable to find a citation for the Silver Star he was awarded.

Memorial Hall Error

William is listed in Memorial Hall as a LT, USN; he was a 2LT, USA.

Class of 1943

William is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.