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William Hawthorne, Jr. '39

Date of birth: September 29, 1917

Date of death: April 10, 1944

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:

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WILLIAM GILLMAN HAWTHORNE, JR.

Arlington, Virginia

Budge

Budge is a third platooner with twinkling blue eyes, a short crop of blonde hair, and a small, firm mouth. He is well adapted to military life, having attended New Mexico Military Institute for two years. Consequently he is a person who likes Service life and would be lost without it. He is very efficient and thorough in his manner and his every action seems to bear intense forethought. Everything he does is clocklike in its exactness. The nickname Budge implies that he is firm in his opinions and convictions—no bad dope. As a roommate he is very quiet and congenial. His frankness and unbiased manner go far in winning friendship and respect. Everything about him, posture, speech, walk, and resolute manner, denotes a truly military man.

Boat Club 4, 3, 2, 1; Star 4, 2; 5 Stripes.

1939 Hawthorne LB.jpg

WILLIAM GILLMAN HAWTHORNE, JR.

Arlington, Virginia

Budge

Budge is a third platooner with twinkling blue eyes, a short crop of blonde hair, and a small, firm mouth. He is well adapted to military life, having attended New Mexico Military Institute for two years. Consequently he is a person who likes Service life and would be lost without it. He is very efficient and thorough in his manner and his every action seems to bear intense forethought. Everything he does is clocklike in its exactness. The nickname Budge implies that he is firm in his opinions and convictions—no bad dope. As a roommate he is very quiet and congenial. His frankness and unbiased manner go far in winning friendship and respect. Everything about him, posture, speech, walk, and resolute manner, denotes a truly military man.

Boat Club 4, 3, 2, 1; Star 4, 2; 5 Stripes.

Loss

It was reported in the June 1944 issue of Shipmate that LT Hawthorne "died 10 April 1944, ten miles north of New Smyrna, Florida. (US area.) Instantly killed as pilot of plane that collided in midair during authorized combat training flight. (Not enemy action.)"

He was survived by his mother and father, USMC Colonel William G. Hawthorne, and brother LT(jg) Robert Earle Hawthorne.

William is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Career

William previously served on the battleship USS Idaho. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on June 1, 1942.


Class of 1939

William is one of 76 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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