WILLIAM R. THOMAS, PASSED MIDN, USN
William Thomas '47
Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: November 10, 1847
The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.
William "succumbed to disease aboard ship off Veracruz" on November 10, 1847 during the Mexican-American War. (Date of death from Register of Alumni and the 1848 "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps.")