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{{KeyDates|DoB=June 7, 1953|DoD=February 27, 1979|Age=25|name_class=William Becker '75}}
{{Info|Hometown=Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania}}
== Lucky Bag ==
== Lucky Bag ==
There is a "W. Becker" pictured as a member of 13th Company leadership, but he is not with the other 1/c of 13th Company. (Nor is at least one other person pictured, though several from that page are.)
William does not have an entry in the 1975 Lucky Bag. There is a "W. Becker" pictured as a member of 13th Company leadership, but he is not with the other 1/c of 13th Company. (Nor is at least one other person pictured, though several from that page are.)


The athletics and extra curricular activities pages of the 1975 Lucky Bag are almost entirely devoid of text. There is no index or list of graduates.
The Register of Alumni lists him as a graduate.


== Loss ==
== Loss ==
[[File:1975 Becker 1.jpg|250px|right|link=http://va12.com/departed_shipmates.htm|none|thumb|From the 1979 cruise book of VA-12 / USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)]]
[[File:1975 Becker 1.jpg|350px|right|link=http://va12.com/departed_shipmates.htm|none|thumb|From the 1979 cruise book of VA-12 / USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)]]
From [http://va12.com/departed_shipmates.htm VA-12:]
From [http://va12.com/departed_shipmates.htm VA-12:]
<blockquote>
<blockquote>
While attached to VA-12 which was deployed on-board CV-69 Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lt(jg) Becker was lost at sea during night flight operations in the Mediterranean on February 27, 1979 in A-7E BuNo 157578.
While attached to VA-12 which was deployed on-board CV-69 Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lt(jg) Becker was lost at sea during night flight operations in the Mediterranean on February 27, 1979 in A-7E BuNo 157578.
No trace of his remains or aircraft were ever located. This loss occurred during the Ike's initial Mediterranean deployment.
No trace of his remains or aircraft were ever located. This loss occurred during the Ike's initial Mediterranean deployment.
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</blockquote>


{{ClassNavigator|Name=William|HonoreesInClass=8|ClassYear=1975|PreviousPersonLink=[[PATRICK J. KILCLINE, LTJG, USN|Patrick Kilcline '75]]|NextPersonLink=[[CHARLES J. MORROW, LT, USN|Charles Morrow '75]]}}
Between Feb. 26 - March 4, 1979, the Eisenhower was one of the carriers participating in [http://www.uscarriers.net/cvn69history.htm National Week XXVI/Sardinia 1-79], a multinational exercise "involving over 50 ships and 300 aircraft from various NATO countries."
 
== Other Information ==
From researcher Kathy Franz:
<blockquote>
William graduated from Highlands High School (Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania) in 1971 where he participated in the Forensic Club and the golf team. Swimming, Co-captain; Varsity – 1; Speech – 1.
 
Father William G. (1923-1967), 1st Lt AAF WWII; mother Patricia (1924-2017), a school nurse; brothers Robert J. and Richard; and sisters Barbara G., Laura G. (1958-2018), and Michele M.
</blockquote>
 
== Photographs ==
<gallery mode=packed heights=350px style="text-align:left">
File:1975 Becker 2.jpg|From his high school yearbook
File:1975 Becker 3.jpg|From his high school yearbook
File:1975 Becker 4.jpg|From his high school yearbook
</gallery>
 
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Latest revision as of 12:36, 30 November 2020

William Becker '75

Date of birth: June 7, 1953

Date of death: February 27, 1979

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

William does not have an entry in the 1975 Lucky Bag. There is a "W. Becker" pictured as a member of 13th Company leadership, but he is not with the other 1/c of 13th Company. (Nor is at least one other person pictured, though several from that page are.)

The Register of Alumni lists him as a graduate.

Loss

From the 1979 cruise book of VA-12 / USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)

From VA-12:

While attached to VA-12 which was deployed on-board CV-69 Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lt(jg) Becker was lost at sea during night flight operations in the Mediterranean on February 27, 1979 in A-7E BuNo 157578.

No trace of his remains or aircraft were ever located. This loss occurred during the Ike's initial Mediterranean deployment.

Between Feb. 26 - March 4, 1979, the Eisenhower was one of the carriers participating in National Week XXVI/Sardinia 1-79, a multinational exercise "involving over 50 ships and 300 aircraft from various NATO countries."

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

William graduated from Highlands High School (Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania) in 1971 where he participated in the Forensic Club and the golf team. Swimming, Co-captain; Varsity – 1; Speech – 1.

Father William G. (1923-1967), 1st Lt AAF WWII; mother Patricia (1924-2017), a school nurse; brothers Robert J. and Richard; and sisters Barbara G., Laura G. (1958-2018), and Michele M.

Photographs


Class of 1975

William is one of 8 members of the Class of 1975 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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