From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Readman '77

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: February 26, 1980

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

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From A-6 Intruder & EA-6 Prowler Losses & Ejections, William is listed as lost on February 26, 1980, in a EA-6B Prowler he was co-piloting when it crashed short of the runway at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. He served with VAQ-129.

From the June 1980 issue of Shipmate:

Lt.(jg) William Howard Readman USN was killed on 26 February 1980, when his EA-6B crashed into the water one mile short of the runway at Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington. He was a member of VAQ-130 and was undergoing fleet replacement training. The instructor pilot and another student also lost their lives.

Born in Virginia, Minnesota, Lt. (jg) Readman was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1973 by former Senator Walter Mondale and the late Senator Hubert Humphrey, both of Minnesota. While at the Naval Academy, he was an English major and a member of the 29th Company.

Lt.(jg) Readman entered primary flight training in August of 1977 at Pensacola. He was designated naval aviator in Meridian, Mississippi, on 13 March 1979.

His body was recovered on 5 March and he was buried on March 11th at his hometown of International Falls, Minnesota.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Readman of International Falls, and his sister Susan.

Class of 1977

William is one of 16 members of the Class of 1977 in Memorial Hall.