From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Bartram '82

Date of birth: May 30, 1959

Date of death: January 20, 1989

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

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From Lawrence County, Kentucky Genealogical & Historical Society:

Lt. William T. Bartram, 29, of Scubic Bay, Philippines, died Thursday, Jan 19 as the result of a plane crash in the Philippines. Lt. Bartram was born May 30, 1959, son of Fred Dan and Monica Grady Bartram of Bothell, WA. He was a naval aviator attached to VRC 50 Subic Bay, Philippines. He graduated from the U. S. Navy Academy, Annapolis, MD. Surviving are his wife, Jodie Cooktus Bartram, Philippines, 2 daughters, Kelly Jo Bartram and Katie Bartram, both of Philippines; one brother, James D. Bartram; Bothell, WA. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Big Sandy News, Jan 25, 1989

He was flying for a detachment of VRC-50, which was operating from (or perhaps stationed aboard?) USS Midway (CV-41) at the time. Also lost in the crash was his commanding officer, Captain Robert W. Geeding. The crash was on January 20, 1989.

William is buried in the Naval Academy cemetery.


The aircraft William was flying was the US-3A, one of a handful of S-3A aircraft converted to be the carrier onboard delivery aircraft. This exact plane is pictured here, a few days before the crash.

Class of 1982

William is one of 6 members of the Class of 1982 on Virtual Memorial Hall.