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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 9, 1923
Date of death: August 26, 1949
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

1945 Shafer LB.jpg

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

Wilson Manley Shafer

Terre Haute, Indiana

Bill is the first Navy man in his family, but if future Shafers have his spirit, he won't be the last. Homer's fruitful attempts to learn all he can about the Navy, however, did not dull his machine-like ability to turn out some of the most hilarious cartoons the Log has ever displayed and to design the crest in our ring. Although quiet and conscientious when there was work to be done, Bill found plenty of time for two of his other lines, bull sessions and sailing. Wherever he goes we wish him luck, and we hope that he finds few rocks and shoals in the long cruise ahead.

Battalion Wrestling 4; Pushball 3, 1; Varsity Sailing 3, 1, sNAg, sNg; Plebe Sailing; Class Crest Committee 4, 3; Class Ring Design Committee; Log 4, 3, 1; Art Club 4, 3, 1; Lucky Bag.

The "sNAg, sNg" is not a transcription error; unclear what it indicates.

He was a member of the 2nd Company staff (1st set).

The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Bill was lost at sea near Greenland while involved in the rescue of the crew of USS Cochino (SS 345) on August 25, 1949. He was serving aboard USS Tusk (SS 426) and was one of six men swept overboard and not recovered.

An extensive article on the loss of Cochino is posted here.

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John Bock '45 and Everett Herman '45 were also in 2nd Company.

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Class of 1945
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