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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: January 24, 1931
Date of death: July 18, 1956
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

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From the 1952 Lucky Bag:

William Patton Holmes

Waterford, Virginia

Jocular, a bouncing ball of vitality and with a passion for classical music, Bill was the cosmopolitan of the class. The academics at Navy never gave Bill any trouble and he found time to play a good game of lacrosse and write and think of his OAO from Virginia. Bill worked hard at lacrosse and was one of the regular work and sweat boys out every season. With a knack for harmonizing, he and his guitar were always ready and willing to join the gang in a few songs. Bill planned to roll to the Wide Blue Yonder after graduation; we know that he will succeed, for with his ability he will be able to fly anything.


From Find A Grave:

Killed in a mid-air collision during a night dive bombing practice over the island of Stromboli while flying off USS Intrepid (CVA-11) as a member of Attack Squadron 85 (VA-85).

He is buried in Virginia.


He had a son, William, who drowned in 1958 at the family home of his stepfather.

His sister, Marian, married a 1953 graduate but died of polio in March 1956.

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Class of 1952
William is one of 48 members of the Class of 1952 in Memorial Hall.
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