From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Brady '38

Date of birth: September 20, 1915

Date of death: February 2, 1943

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


William was lost on February 2, 1943, in the vicinity of Guadalcanal at the end of that campaign. He was a member of Escort Scouting Squadron (VGS) 11, which was operating as a land-based unit "throughout January and February 1943."

That squadron flew both TBF Avenger torpedo bombers and F4F-4 Wildcat; unable to determine which William may have been aboard or piloting. (VGS-11 is not recorded as losing an aircraft on that day.)

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Note one listing has LCDR; this was likely related to his being held in a missing status until December 1945. Not sure it was ever official. LT in other listings.


From naval aviation historian Richard Leonard via email on February 9, 2018:

  • NAS Pensacola attached for HTA flight training, 6/24/1940
  • NAS Pensacola designated NA # 6869, 11/12/1940
  • Date of rank LTJG from 1 Jul 1941 USN Register, 6/2/1941
  • Date of rank LT from 1 Jul 1942 USN Register, 6/15/1942
  • USS Long Island (CVE-1) aboard for TAD, 9/30/1942 (usually this means CarQuals)
  • USS Long Island (CVE-1) detached and transferred to NAS San Diego TAD complt, 10/8/1942
  • VGS-11 MCAB Henderson Field KIFA, 2/2/1943

Class of 1938

William is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.