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William McCarty '17

Date of birth: 1893

Date of death: August 15, 1915

Age: ~22

Naval Academy Register

William Luther McCarty was admitted to the Naval Academy from Kentucky on June 26, 1913 at age 19 years 7 months. His death is recorded on August 15, 1915 in the Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy 1915-1916, but no details are given.

Lucky Bag

William has a page dedicated to his memory in the Class of 1917 Lucky Bag, though it provides no photograph or details beyond the date of his death.


William died of spinal meningitis on August 15, 1915, while aboard Ohio for the summer Practice Cruise.

He is buried in Kentucky.

From researcher Kathy Franz:

William was captain of the Stanford High School baseball champs in 1910 Central Kentucky. He then attended State College in Lexington before entering the Naval Academy. His father was James a merchant whose first wife Stella, a milliner, had died in 1901. William’s brothers Harry and Jesse died young, and his sister was Gertie Leach. In 1910 his father worked in a restaurant and had remarried Gertrude. Their son Fred was seven years old. William’s uncle W. L. was the President of the State Bank in Stanford.

The Lexington Leader newspaper reported that he “was given full military honors in the services on shore at San Francisco a week ago and two hundred officers and men accompanied the body. A salute of one hundred guns was fired from the batteries of the warship before the body started on its long trip across the continent to its resting place in Kentucky. Friends of Midshipman McCarty have given two beautiful floral wreaths which were made up by a local florist. One is a pillow of white asters and roses with the letters ‘U. S. S. Ohio’ across the face. The other is an anchor made from pink asters and lilies lettered ‘Classmates.’”

Class of 1917

William is one of 9 members of the Class of 1917 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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