From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

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:


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.


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 77 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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