WILLIAM J. KOZEL, LT, USN

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: June 14, 1926
Date of death: January 4, 1961
Age: 34

Lucky Bag

1951 Kozel LB.jpg

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:

William John Kozel

Hailing from the "Buckeye" State is not "Koz's" only claim to fame, but it is the only one that we can check on . . . during his time here "Koz" has been the mainstay in many battalion and company sports . . . also responsible for helping to keep the company academic average high . . . equally quick with a smile or a slip-stick . . . always willing and able to lend a helping hand to the "buckets" . . . characteristics which make him well liked by his classmates . . . we are not so sure, however, what makes him so attractive to the drags . . . all we can do is to take his word . . . his aggressiveness and tact make Koz a great leader and an asset to the service. . . .

He was a member of the 20th Company staff (winter).

Loss

From The Sandusky (OH) Register:

A Navy jet fighter crashed and burned Wednesday near Miramar Naval Air Station, killing the pilot. The Navy identified the pilot as Lt. William J. Kozel, 34, San Diego. Officials said Kozel apparently made no attempt to bail out of the jet when it developed engine trouble shortly after takeoff from the Naval Air Station on a training flight. Kozel is survived by his widow, Marian Jane, four children and his mother of (1259 National Road) Bridgeport, Ohio.

The date of the crash was January 4, 1961; he was piloting an F3H Demon. Bill is buried in California.

Other

According to Ejection History, "The investigation revealed that he had pulled the face curtain but the firing mechanism failed. His wife eventually sued McDonnell and won a fairly large settlement."


Class Navigation

Class of 1951
William is one of 48 members of the Class of 1951 in Memorial Hall.
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