WILLIAM J. WALKER, LT, USN
Birthdate & Date of Loss
|Date of birth:||unknown|
|Date of death:||September 24, 1943|
From the 1939 Lucky Bag:
WILLIAM JEFFERSON WALKER
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA
Bill, W.J., Jefferson
Bill's a true Southerner who entered the Naval Academy tired and hasn't had a chance to rest. Although "Bunk Drill" is perhaps his favorite sport, he has found time to go to the gym and develop that "body beautiful" enough to become one of the Academy's best parallel bar performers. In the fall he indulges in football and is generally considered the bulwark of the Fourth Batt line. Not inherently brilliant in his studies, he always manages to pull down a 3.2 or better without staying off his bed during study hour. Jeff is a snake of the first order and hardly ever misses a hop, even when way behind in his sleep. Although his big blue eyes slay all women, he is true to only one (sorority).
Gym 4, 3, 2, 1, GNT; Battalion Football 2, 1; Musical Club 3; Boat Club 2, 1; M.P.O.
24 September 1943: The squadron suffered its first operational losses when Lieutenant William J. Walker, the squadron executive officer, and five members of his crew were killed in a crash while attempting a night landing at NAAS Harvey Point in stormy weather.
|Class of 1939|
|William is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.|
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