From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Freshour '31

Date of birth: July 22, 1909

Date of death: August 23, 1937

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Piqua Daily Call August 20, 1937


Approximately 1,000 Persons Gather at Forest Hill Cemetery to Witness Touching Burial

Lasting tribute was paid late yesterday afternoon to Junior Lieutenant William McKee Freshour, one of six naval men killed in a plane crash at San Diego last Monday night, when approximately 1,000 friends, acquaintances and others who had followed his rising career with pride, gathered in Forest Hill cemetery for the impressive military burial services.

The cemetery rites followed funeral services at the home of the grief-stricken mother, Mrs William McD Freshour, 333 West High street in charge of Rev Raymond G Clark.

At the cemetery the flag-draped casket was borne to the grave in the family plot amid a veritable sea of beautiful floral pieces by six reserve naval officers from Tippecanoe City, Dayton and surrounding territory, who volunteered their services with a seventh ex-enlisted man who followed immediately to the rear.

Honorary pallbearers were Richard Seifried, Samuel Heitzman, Britton Wood, George Rundle, Daniel Stickler and Dr Hugh Wellmeier.

An American Legion detail of color guard and firing squad was under command of Major John Reymiller with JM Patton, Paul Schnell post chaplain speaking the military service lines following a prayer by Rev Clark.

A wall of humanity stood at respectful attention around the edges of the burial area as the sharp echoes of the firing squad's three rounds in "salute to the dead" gave way to the clarion call of "taps" in turn followed by the plaintive notes of the "echo" as the casket was lowered into its final resting place.

The date of the crash was August 23, 1937. He is buried in Ohio.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #4064 on October 24, 1934. The Navy Directory of 1937 lists him as a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 2B aboard USS Lexington (CV 2).

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Ford Wallace '31 and Walter Dey '34 were also lost in this crash.

Class of 1931

William is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.