William Rutledge Weaver was the son of Frederick Ernest Weaver and Edith Ednora Rutledge.He attended Science Hill High School before he enlisted in the Navy. He served in the Mediterranean area in the Aircraft Carrier Wasp.

The WASP was initially employed in the Atlantic campaign. The WASP joined the British Home Fleet in April 1942 and twice ferried British fighter aircraft to Malyta. She was then transferred to the Pacific in June 1942 to replace losses at the Battles of Coral Sea and Midway. After supporting the invasion of Guadalcanal, WASP was hit by three torpedoes from a Japanese submarine on 15 September 1942.

He is =Memorialized at the Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii. He died 15 September 1942 and was officially declared dead on 16 September 1943. He also has a memorial stone in Monte Visa Memorial Park/Johnson City, TN (Section 11).


  • Rank: Yeoman Third Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 26 January 1923
  • Date of death: 15 September 1942
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Johnson City
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Wasp
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Middle Panel
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