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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: October 22, 1919
Date of death: November 16, 1943
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

1942 Chewning LB.jpg

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


Billy, Blue Goose

Football has been Bill's main interest since he came to the Academy. Next to his football comes studying and sleeping but they were always incidental. His influence has been definite and lasting and it will be a long time before we shall forget his caustic humor or sharp criticism of our drags. What of his? They were all perfect, of course. So, more power to you, Bill, and may the Marines appreciate you as much as we have.

Football 4, 3, 2, 1, N*: Boxing 4, b42t, P.P.O.

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.


William was lost when USS Corvina (SS 226) was sunk on November 16, 1943 by a Japanese submarine.

He has a memory marker in Virginia and his wife was listed as next of kin.

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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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