From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Hulson '36

Date of birth: November 17, 1913

Date of death: September 3, 1940

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1936 Lucky Bag:


William was lost on September 3, 1940 when his F2A-1 crashed near Dana Point, California. He was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 3 at NAS San Diego. (Aircraft type and other details from an email from naval aviation historian Richard Leonard on December 29, 2017.) He was 27.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

His wife's obituary:

Jeanne was born in Cambridge Springs, PA and raised in Redlands, CA. She attended Scripps College for three years before transferring to Stanford University where she graduated with a degree in Psychology. In 1938 she married William Hulson, a Naval aviator. Bill died in an accident in 1940. Jeanne was commissioned an Ensign in the Naval Reserve at the outbreak of WWII, serving at the WAVE training base in New York. When she married Lt. Commander Alfred Gardes in 1943, they entered history as the first pair of naval officers to wed. They were married for 57 years until his death in 2000.

William and his wife arrived in Coronado in late February 1940 following completion of his pilot training in Florida.

Class of 1936

William is one of 39 members of the Class of 1936 on Virtual Memorial Hall.