From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Crawford, Jr. '43

Date of birth: unknown

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.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any information about William's life or loss. His date of death is from the Register of Alumni; it matches (along with "entered the service from Alabama") with this Find A Grave entry. No date of birth is given, but would seem to be roughly May 1920 based on Naval Academy Register dates.

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

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

Memorial Hall Error

There is no evidence that William was a naval officer at the time of his loss; his name does not appear in any "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps," and the rank on his headstone is "2LT" (of some unknown service).

Class of 1943

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