Burgan, William Wilson, LT Fallen
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Last Rank
Last Primary Designator/NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Navy Officer Classification/Designator
Last Duty Station
1942-1943, USS Wahoo (SS-238)
Service Years
1940 - 1943
Lieutenant Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Casualty Info
Home Town
Baltimore, MD
Last Address
6019 Sycamore Rd
Baltimore, MD

Casualty Date
Oct 11, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
USS Wahoo (SS-238)
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry

 Tributes from Members  
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 Ribbon Bar

Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Duty Stations
USS Wahoo (SS-238)
  1942-1943, USS Wahoo (SS-238)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1936-1940, United States Naval Academy
 Combat and Operations History
  1942-1943 World War II/Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 USS Wahoo (SS-238)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 17, 2013, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Wahoo returned to the Sea of Japan in September, entering through the narrow strait between Hokkaido and Sakhalin for what was planned to be a stay of three weeks. From Japanese records, it is known that she sank four ships. However, the Japanese also reported a successful anti-submarine attack in the La Pérouse Strait on 11 October. Their target was undoubtedly Wahoo, lost with her entire crew while finishing the active portion of her seventh war patrol.

Name of Award
Silver Star
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander William Wilson Burgan (NSN: 0-85387), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in the line of duty and in a position of great responsibility while serving aboard the U.S.S. WAHOO (SS-238), during the SEVENTH War Patrol of that Submarine from September 9, 1943 to October 1943, in enemy patrolled waters. He assisted his Commanding Officer in penetrating dangerous, confined and patrolled enemy waters where he contributed to the known destruction of one important enemy vessel. Other damage inflicted upon the enemy by his submarine in this area is unknown since his vessel failed to return from this patrol and it is presumed that he gave his life for his country. His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Pacific Board of Awards: Serial 0559 (March 27, 1944)
Action Date: September 9 - October 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Division: U.S.S. Wahoo (SS-238)
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