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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: September 11, 1951
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1949 Kent LB.jpg

From the 1949 Lucky Bag:

William R. Kent, III

Birmingham, Alabama

Bill came to the Academy from the wilds of Alabama with a fighting heart which, even after these many years of combat with the system, is still unconquered. It was this insuppressible spirit that guided him on the gridiron, the tennis courts, in the classroom, and in all activities. Socially speaking, Bill was an ardent explorer. "Every week a different drag—may she always be a queen!" was the policy to which he adhered with few exceptions. Though perhaps not as gifted intellectually as Einstein or Archimedes, at no time was he hard pressed to keep within the top third of the class. As an individual he was a conscientious worker who possessed the aggressive spirit, coordination, and ability which spelled success, both in the classroom and on the playing field.

He was also a member of the tennis team.


William was lost when his "fighter plane" crashed near Corpus Christi, Texas, on September 11, 1951. (It's possible the accident was the day before, September 10. The OCR for the article is not good, and unable to find him in other databases.) He was 24 years old.

He is not mentioned in the 1949 Class History. Unable to find a memory marker or burial location.

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Class of 1949
William is one of 40 members of the Class of 1949 in Memorial Hall.
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