WILLIAM R. CRUTCHER, LTJG, USNR
William Crutcher '44
Date of birth: May 1, 1920
Date of death: April 3, 1944
William Robert Crutcher is listed on a page titled "Gone… But Ne'er Forgotten":
There were close to a thousand of us when we entered in June of 1940 and formed the new fourth class, the class of 1944. Now, as we graduate one year ahead of time, there are less than 800. But we who go to join the active service s are sure in our minds that our friends of fourth class summer who have left us at various stages of the course will find their place in the American Victory Machine, rolling relentlessly on to a triumph over the forces of evil that threaten the life and liberty we all hold so dear.
In the Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy for 1942-1943 he is listed as "Deficient in studies. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign." on April 6, 1942.
The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.
Life & Loss
Unable to find any information about William's life or loss. He was lost on April 3, 1944 on or near the Hawaiian Islands. His service number was O-240373.
From Find A Grave:
He was declared "Missing In Action" during the war and was awarded a "Silver Star" and a Purple Heart.
Note: not sure this is accurate. William is not listed with combat losses, so wouldn’t be awarded the purple heart. Also, there was a LCDR with a very similar name who was awarded a Silver Star.
He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.