WILLIAM H. S. BRADY, LT, USN
William Brady '38
Date of birth: September 20, 1915
Date of death: February 2, 1943
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