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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: March 4, 1922
Date of death: June 16, 1943
Age: 21

Lucky Bag

1944 Ilsley LB.jpg

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

Wilmer Joseph Ilsley, Jr.

Tylertown, Mississippi

"Six more weeks of starvation and we'll all go back to civilization." This was the refrain that "Willy" sang shortly before every leave. Although always anxious for leave, "Willy" never let the Academic Departments give him one of a permanent nature. His was a constant battle with studies but as a rebel who refought the Civil War many times, Bill had no fear of the ultimate outcome. Mississippi's slow-moving Cassanova got underway early youngster year and wrought havoc along the eastern seaboard. However, there was definitely a serious side to Bill. He will long be recalled for his coveted ability to produce when the "chips were down."

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any information about WIlmer's life or loss.

Based on his place of death (Florida) and the fact he is not listed as KIA, suspect this was an operational loss.

He is buried in Mississippi.

His class ring is in the collection of the US Naval Academy Museum.

Memorial Hall Error

His name appears "ILLSLEY" in Memorial Hall. All other sources (gravestone, Naval Academy Register, Lucky Bag) have it spelled "ILSLEY".

Class Navigation

Class of 1944
Wilmer is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 in Memorial Hall.
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