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William Mendenhall '42

Date of birth: April 13, 1920

Date of death: May 4, 1945

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


Lieutenant William Hanna Mendenhall, US Navy. Photo courtesy of his family.
Lt. William H. Mendenhall (on left) with his commanding officer, Commander Frank D. Latta (on right) at the commissioning of the USS Lagarto (SS-371) on 14 October 1944 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of US Navy Archives.

William was lost when USS Lagarto (SS 371) was sunk by a Japanese surface ship on May 4, 1945 in the Gulf of Siam. He was the executive officer.

His wife, Mary Jayne Mendenhall, was listed as next of kin. She had a long and distinguished life, passing away in 2004. William had a daughter with her.


William is in two photographs from The Baltimore Sun, taken on occasion of his becoming the Commander of the Regiment of Midshipmen.

Photos are dated February 9, 1941; the Class of 1941 graduated in February as the first of the wartime-accelerated classes.

Class of 1942

William is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 on Virtual Memorial Hall.