From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Kozel '51

Date of birth: June 14, 1926

Date of death: January 4, 1961

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1951 Lucky Bag:


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.


According to (now-defunct) 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 of 1951

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

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