WILLIAM N. COLLIER, JR., LTJG, USN
William Collier, Jr. '57
Date of birth: February 10, 1933
Date of death: July 26, 1960
From the 1957 Lucky Bag:
William was lost on July 26, 1960 when the bomber he was piloting crashed three miles short of USS Saratoga while on final approach; the ship was operating in the Atlantic ocean. Three other crewmen aboard were also lost.
He has one memory marker in South Carolina with the inscription: "Lieut. (JG) US Navy Lost at Sea. Married Leighton Johnson March 21, 1959." He was also survived by a 7-month-old daughter and his parents.
William was a member of Heavy Attack Squadron (VAH) 9.
From his daughter, Cydney Collier Donnell, on January 14, 2019:
From all accounts he was just a good guy. I have heard this from his roommate. He went to the Citadel prior to the Academy. My mother would be able to tell you more and I will discuss with her what she feels comfortable sharing.