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Meehan, William J.


Biographical Note

William J. Meehan (1916-1944) was a native of Chelsea, Massachusetts, and graduated from Boston College in 1939. The description accompanying his senior portrait in the Sub Turri calls him “undoubtedly the best looking Senior and unanimously the best dancer.” It also informs the reader that Meehan’s “keen interest in the problems of others has led [him] to concentrate on a social service course.” Meehan earned an A.B. in 1939 and became a teacher. After enlisting in the U.S. Navy, Meehan became an aviator, Lieutenant JG, in Torpedo Squadron 5. At the time of his death, he was serving on the USS Yorktown which was participating in Operation Flintlock – the invasion of the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific. He was listed as missing in action on January 29, 1944 following a bombing mission.


Boston College. Sub Turri, 1939.

William J. Meehan papers, BC.2014.002, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

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William J. Meehan papers


The papers of William J. Meehan, Boston College Class of 1939, document his career as an aviator in the Navy during World War II, and his death in action in 1944.

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Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1939 - 1946