From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Ford '41

Date of birth: 1919

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: 23

Naval Academy Register

William Richard Ford was admitted to the Naval Academy from Louisiana on June 23, 1937 at age 18 years 5 months.

He voluntarily resigned on October 29, 1938.

Lucky Bag

William Richard Ford is one of the names listed below this passage:

These are the men who have been at one time members of the Class of Nineteen Hundred Forty-one, but for various reasons—often things over which they had no control—they did not remain to finish with us. Some of them are now in civilian life, and to them we with all the success that life can offer. Others are members of classes now in the Academy, and for them we hope that our meeting as brother officers in the Service, though delayed, is no less certain of fulfillment.


William was lost when USS Cushing (DD 376) was sunk early on the morning of November 13, 1942 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Class of 1941

William is one of 60 members of the Class of 1941 on Virtual Memorial Hall.