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William Collier, Jr. '57

Date of birth: February 10, 1933

Date of death: July 26, 1960

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1957 Lucky Bag:


William was lost on July 26, 1960 when the bomber he was piloting crashed three miles short of USS Saratoga while on final approach; the ship was operating in the Atlantic ocean. Three other crewmen aboard were also lost.

He has one memory marker in South Carolina with the inscription: "Lieut. (JG) US Navy Lost at Sea. Married Leighton Johnson March 21, 1959." He was also survived by a 7-month-old daughter and his parents.

William was a member of Heavy Attack Squadron (VAH) 9.


Left to right: From left to right: 1- William's brother, Col. Richard Johnson (deceased); 2- William N. Collier, Sr.; 3- (likely) the Bishop of the Texas Diocese Episcopal Church;, 4- William Jr.. Photo courtesy Cydney Collier Donnell.

From his daughter, Cydney Collier Donnell, on January 14, 2019:

From all accounts he was just a good guy. I have heard this from his roommate. He went to the Citadel prior to the Academy. My mother would be able to tell you more and I will discuss with her what she feels comfortable sharing.

Class of 1957

William is one of 38 members of the Class of 1957 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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