From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Pye, Jr. '28

Date of birth: January 19, 1908

Date of death: September 30, 1938

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1928 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) W. S. Pye, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #3709 in 1930. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1928.

Lieutenant Pye and Aviation Cadet Charles Frederick Erickson, USNR, members of Fighting Squadron (VF) Three, died when their carrier-based fighter aircraft, operating from the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV-3), collided off the So. Calif. coast. LT Pye's body was never recovered.

LT Pye's widow was the former Miss Della Douglass Pease.

William has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery, with his brother, on their parent's headstone.


William's father was a Vice Admiral and 1901 US Naval Academy graduate who retired with 44 years of service, including acting Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Fleet and president of the Naval War College.

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His brother, John Pye '39, was lost in January 1945 when USS Swordfish (SS 193) was sunk in combat.

Class of 1928

William is one of 17 members of the Class of 1928 on Virtual Memorial Hall.