From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Crawford, Jr. '43

Date of birth: January 1, 1919

Date of death: June 13, 1945

Age: 26

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.

According to the Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy 1940-1941 he left on February 10, 1940 because he was “Deficient in studies, first term's work. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign.”

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 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 William's life or loss.

Note: There is another William H. Crawford, Jr., but he was Class of 1942 and was alive as of 2012. (Verified in Naval Academy Register as well.)

Class of 1943

William is one of 79 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.