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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 15, 1930
Date of death: May 9, 1958
Age: 27

Lucky Bag

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From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


Montgomery, Alabama

Bill was one of those Southerners who knew deep down inside that the South would rise again. He brought with him, from his native city, Montgomery, Alabama, a ready wit, just the hint of a drawl, and, much to the horror of his 'wives,' a taste for hillbilly music. Although he had no great love for academics, a lot of work and determination saw him through the perils of Dago and Skinny. His major ambition was to climb into a Navy plane, be catapulted from a carrier, and seek his fortune in the wild blue yonder. He will always be remembered as the man with the delighted laugh that rang through Bancroft, a signal to the troops that there was fun afoot.


William was lost when his AD-5 Skyraider hit power lines and crashed into San Francisco Bay on May 9, 1959. He is buried in Alabama. The other crewman was also killed.

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Class of 1953
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