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 V. R. C. 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.


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 in Memorial Hall.