WILLIAM M. YEAGER, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
William Yeager '42

Date of birth: January 22, 1920

Date of death: March 10, 1954

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:

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WILLIAM MARTIN YEAGER

Alexandria, Louisiana

Willie

When we met Willie we all knew that the "best" didn't always come from the home state. He is truly a genius at making friends. His ready humor and good nature have carried and will continue to carry him through many a trying moment. His name does not appear at the top of the academic list, but when the last count is taken you can bet he'll have a prominent place.

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.

1942 Yeager LB.jpg

WILLIAM MARTIN YEAGER

Alexandria, Louisiana

Willie

When we met Willie we all knew that the "best" didn't always come from the home state. He is truly a genius at making friends. His ready humor and good nature have carried and will continue to carry him through many a trying moment. His name does not appear at the top of the academic list, but when the last count is taken you can bet he'll have a prominent place.

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.

Loss

William was lost on March 10, 1954 "in a plane crash in Newark, California." He was survived by his wife, Betsy, and their three children. (Information from May 1954 issue of Shipmate.) He was flying a "twin-engine plane from the carrier Yorktown;" the other pilot aboard was also lost.

He is buried in Louisiana. His wife passed away in 2002 and is buried near him.

Family

One of his sons, William Martin Yeager, Jr., was engaged to be married in 1967. Another son's name was Daniel.


Class of 1942

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

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