WILLIAM K. COKER, CDR, USN
William Coker '43
Date of birth: January 30, 1920
Date of death: October 2, 1958
From the 1943 Lucky Bag:
From the December 1958 issue of SHIPMATE:
Notice has been received of the death of WILLIAM K. COKER, Cdr. USN, due to an aircraft accident near Mayport, Fla., on 2 October 1958.
He is survived by his widow, Nora Reid Coker, 5428 Fulton St., San Francisco, Calif., a daughter, Karen Marie, and his mother, Mattie Dennis Coker of Athens, Texas.
The A3D Skywarrior he was piloting "exploded shortly after takeoff" and crashed into a swamp 25 miles south of NAS Jacksonville, Florida. The copilot was also lost. They were both members of Heavy Attack Squadron (VAH) 1.
He has a memory marker in Texas.
Memorial Hall Error
William is not listed with his classmates. This omission was discovered by reviewing SHIPMATE magazine.