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William Neumann '03

Date of birth: August 27, 1881

Date of death: April 13, 1904

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1903 Lucky Bag:


William was lost on April 13, 1904 when the port 12" gun in the aft turret aboard Missouri (Battleship No. 11) flared backwards, ignited three propellant charges, and started a fire. Thirty-five others were also lost.

He is buried in the Naval Academy Cemetery next to his classmate, Thomas Ward, Jr. '03, who was also lost in this incident.

Class of 1903

William is one of 5 members of the Class of 1903 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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