From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Kurlak '64

Date of birth: May 4, 1942

Date of death: November 23, 1966

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1964 Lucky Bag:


From the January 1967 issue of Shipmate:

Lt.(jg) William M. Kurlak, USN, died on 23 Nov. in an aircraft accident off USS SHANGRI-LA in the Mediterranean. Services were held on board ship, and at the Naval Air Station Chapel, Pensacola, Fla. Interment was in Ft. Barrancos National Cemetery.

Lt. Kurlak, who was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., attended Kailua High School in Hawaii before entering the Naval Academy, from where he was graduated in 1964. He was designated a naval aviator in December 1965, and completed advanced training at the Naval Air Station, Kingsville, Tex. He served with Attack Squadron 45, NAS Cecil Field, then in May was assigned assistant avionics and weapons officer with VA-83. He held the National Defense Service Medal.

Survivors include his widow, Mary Jane, and a son Brian Michael, of 303 Savannah, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; and his parents, LCdr. William B. Kurlak, USN (Ret.), and Mrs. Kurlak of 134 Laurel, Gulf Breeze, Fla., temporarily of 4491 Montalvo St., San Diego, Calif., and a sister, Mrs. Mary Plunkett of Spring Valley, Calif.

From the Class of 1964 column: "Always remembered will be his quick smile and easy going nature."

He is buried in Florida.

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Class of 1964

William is one of 25 members of the Class of 1964 on Virtual Memorial Hall.