From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William McCord '23

Date of birth: October 3, 1899

Date of death: October 28, 1927

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:

Biography & Loss

From Find A Grave:

The body of Lieut. William J. McCord, Naval aviator who was killed in an airplane accident Friday at Pensacola, Fla., was brought here Sunday for burial Thursday in Calvary Cemetery. Interment will follow services at 9 a. m. at an undertaking establishment at 3545 Lindell Boulevard and immediately afterwards at the Church of St. Philip Neri, Queens and Thelka Avenues. Lieut. McCord, who was 25 years old, lost his life when his scout plane collided with another plane piloted by Lieut. Edward P. Frawley at an altitude of 5000 feet. Lieut. Frawley also was killed.

A graduate of St. Teresa's parochial school, Lieut. McCord accomplished the unusual feat of passing the Naval Academy entrance examination in 1919 without having spent a day in high school. He had enlisted in the navy when 16 years old and after he had been detailed to duty with a mine sweeper in the North Sea. He wrote to Congressman Igoe, then representing the Eleventh District, and got an appointment to Annapolis, from which, he was graduated in 1923. His first station was San Diego. CA, where he was engineer officer of the U. S. S. Stoddert. Later he made a cruise in the South Pacific and 11 months ago was transferred to the air service of the Navy at his own request. He got his wings as a Naval Aviator last August. His body was accompanied to St. Louis by his widow and 3-year-old daughter. His mother. Mrs. Anna McCord. lives at 720 Bremen avenue.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri), Monday, October 31, 1927, page 4

He is buried in Missouri.

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Edward Frawley '22 was piloting the other aircraft.

Class of 1923

William is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 on Virtual Memorial Hall.