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{{KeyDates|DoB=August 29, 1921|DoD=January 5, 1949|Age=27|name_class=William Cecil '43}}
  
== Lucky Bag ==
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{{LuckyBag|LBLink=https://archive.org/details/luckybag1943unse|class=1943
[[File:1943 Cecil LB.jpg|right|thumb|250px]]
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|picture=1943 Cecil LB.jpg
From the [https://archive.org/details/luckybag1943unse 1943 Lucky Bag:]
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|LBName=WILLIAM RUSSELL CECIL  
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|LBHometown=Kansas City, Missouri
WILLIAM RUSSELL CECIL  
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|LBText=After beginning his academic career rather unconventionally in a Kansas City school for young ladies, Bill decided to enter the academy in an attempt to live down his shameful past. Restless by nature, he polished brass in the Boat Club, blew fuses with the Juice Gang, debated with the Quarterdeck Society, and kicked shins playing battalion soccer endeavoring to escape the radiator squad. Definitely not a red mike, his troubles with the unfair sex were a constant source of amusement to his friends. The same humorous pessimism that helped him to solve these little difficulties should be invaluable to Bill in his later life.
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|LBOther=The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.}}
  
Kansas City, Missouri
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== Loss ==
 
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[[File:1943 Cecil 1.jpg|right|thumb|350px|none|From the Oakland Tribune on January 6, 1949]]
After beginning his academic career rather unconventionally in a Kansas City school for young ladies, Bill decided to enter the academy in an attempt to live down his shameful past. Restless by nature, he polished brass in the Boat Club, blew fuses with the Juice Gang, debated with the Quarterdeck Society, and kicked shins playing battalion soccer endeavoring to escape the radiator squad. Definitely not a red mike, his troubles with the unfair sex were a constant source of amusement to his friends. The same humorous pessimism that helped him to solve these little difficulties should be invaluable to Bill in his later life.
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William was lost on January 5, 1949 when [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_military_aircraft_(1945%E2%80%9349)#1949 his F8F Bearcat collided with another] while engaged in a gunnery exercise off the coast of San Francisco. The other aircraft's pilot was also killed.
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The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.
 
  
== Loss ==
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He was survived by his wife and two children; unable to find any names. His parents were Byron and Stella, sister Sally.
From [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_military_aircraft_(1945%E2%80%9349)#1949 Wikipedia:]
 
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As five U.S. Navy Grumman F8F Bearcats make firing runs on a gunnery target sleeve towed by another aircraft, two fighters collide at 7,000 feet and plunge into the Pacific Ocean off San Francisco. Both pilots, Ens. Peter J. McHugh, of Alameda, and Lt. William R. Cecil, of Oakland, are feared lost.
 
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{{ClassNavigator|Name=William|HonoreesInClass=77|ClassYear=1944|PreviousPersonLink=[[REGINALD C. LAMB, JR., LT, USN|Reginald Lamb, Jr. '44]]|NextPersonLink=[[FREDERICK R. PUTNAM, LT, USN|Frederick Putnam '44]]}}
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{{NewClassNavigator|Name=William|HonoreesInClass=83|ClassYear=1943|PreviousPersonLink=REGINALD C. LAMB, JR., LT, USN|PreviousPersonName=Reginald Lamb, Jr. '43|NextPersonLink=FREDERICK R. PUTNAM, LT, USN|NextPersonName=Frederick Putnam '43}}
  
 
[[Category:1943|Cecil]]
 
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Revision as of 15:36, 25 March 2020

William Cecil '43

Date of birth: August 29, 1921

Date of death: January 5, 1949

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From the Oakland Tribune on January 6, 1949

William was lost on January 5, 1949 when his F8F Bearcat collided with another while engaged in a gunnery exercise off the coast of San Francisco. The other aircraft's pilot was also killed.

He was survived by his wife and two children; unable to find any names. His parents were Byron and Stella, sister Sally.


Class of 1943

William is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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