From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Crutcher '44

Date of birth: May 1, 1920

Date of death: April 3, 1944

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

William Robert Crutcher is listed on a page titled "Gone… But Ne'er Forgotten":

There were close to a thousand of us when we entered in June of 1940 and formed the new fourth class, the class of 1944. Now, as we graduate one year ahead of time, there are less than 800. But we who go to join the active service s are sure in our minds that our friends of fourth class summer who have left us at various stages of the course will find their place in the American Victory Machine, rolling relentlessly on to a triumph over the forces of evil that threaten the life and liberty we all hold so dear.

In the Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy for 1942-1943 he is listed as "Deficient in studies. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign" on April 6, 1942.


William was lost on April 3, 1944, when his aircraft crashed near NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. He was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 1. (Information from September 1946 issue of SHIPMATE.)

He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

Note: this other Find A Grave entry is likely inaccurate; there's no record of his being awarded a Silver Star (though there is one of a man with a very similar name).

Class of 1944

William is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 in Memorial Hall.