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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:


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.)"

From the Class of 1939 column in the July-August 1970 issue of Shipmate:

To my delight and surprise, I got a letter from Capt. Bob Hawthorne, whom many of you will remember as Budge's brother. He reads the class of '39 news and thought we'd all be interested in some news about Budge's daughter Ann. The following is quoted from his letter: "As you may recall. Budge was killed in an aircraft accident in 1944, on 11 April. On 14 April, the day of his funeral, his daughter, Ann, was born. When she was one year old, she was adopted by Budge's parents, who raised her. Ann graduated from Hockaday School in Dallas, and Mount Holyoke in Ma., and married James Chandler, a young medical student in 1966. I had the honor of giving her away in marriage, in lieu of her father. In February 1970, Ann and James Chandler had a daughter, and they named her Sage Chandler. Sage is the first grandchild of Budge HAWTHORNE. Her father, James Chandler, is a doctor having recently graduated from medical school at McGill University in Montreal."

He was also survived by his mother and father, Colonel William G. Hawthorne, USMC.

William, Jr. 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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