From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Ford '41

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: unknown

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.

The Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy 1939-1940 shows he voluntarily resigned on October 29, 1938.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.


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. (Verified this is the correct William R. Ford by noting that the Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy 1937-1938 has him entering from Louisiana, the same state as listed above.)

Class of 1941

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