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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: August 10, 1945
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1942 Peterson LB.jpg

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:



Pete's constant sparring with the Exec Department gave him plenty of practice in the sport in which he excels. He could quote batting averages on any baseball player in any league and was quick to defend his native California. Pete must have had a little of the Scotch in him because he certainly spent less during his stay at the Academy than anyone else.

Football 4, 2, NA; Boxing 4. 3, 2, bNt; Baseball 4,3; 2 Stripes.

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.


From Class History: 1942:

On 10 August 1945, during one of the last raids on Honshu, Bill Peterson was killed. Among his several exploits, he had managed to destroy one Japanese airplane.

He was flying a F6F-5 Hellcat with Fighting Bombing Squadron (VFB) 87.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant William L. Peterson, Jr. (NSN: 0-123436), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a Fighter-Bombing Plane in Fighting-Bombing Squadron EIGHTY-SEVEN (VFB-87), Air Group 87, embarked in U.S.S. TICONDEROGA over the Japanese homeland on 10 August 1945.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 355 (October 1946)
Action Date: August 10, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Fighting Bombing Squadron 87 (VFB-87)
Division: U.S.S. Ticonderoga

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Class of 1942
William is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.
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