From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Hatfield '53

Date of birth: July 15, 1930

Date of death: May 9, 1958

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


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.

William was a graduate of "Sidney Lanier High School. He attended Marion Institute for a year in 1949 and then went to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he graduated in 1953. He is survived by his widow, the former Miss Ellen Clare Sharits of Montgomery; a son, William Mark, 3; a daughter, Leslie Susan, 1; his father, Harry I. Hatfield of 3915 Vista Cir.; and his mother, Mrs. Willa Ruth Hatfield of 3116 Old Selma Rd."

Class of 1953

William is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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