Bingham, William, CDR

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131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
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Line Officer
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1943-1945, VB-14
Service Years
1943 - 1964
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Feb 15, 2010
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William Bingham

BINGHAM, William Harrison, 88, passed away on February 15, 2010, 65 years to the day after first meeting his wife. He was born in Richmond on March 19, 1921, son of the late Lucien Warner Bingham and Mary Saville Bingham. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alma Newell Bingham; his daughters, Kathryn Gorman and her husband, Richard F. Gorman III, of Richmond and Susan Mickey and her husband, John E. Mickey, of Clemmons, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Michael Davis Gorman and William Bingham Gorman of Richmond and Sarah Hollis Mickey of Clemmons, North Carolina and Providence, Rhode Island; his sister, Mary Keith Hinshelwood of Richmond; and his brother, Charles S. Bingham of Largo, Florida. Bill was an Eagle Scout, graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, and received his degree in chemistry from the University of Richmond. He was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific in World War II aboard the carrier USS Wasp (CV-18) as a dive bomber and fighter pilot with Dive Bomber Squadron 14 (VB-14). He fought in all the major campaigns of 1944-45, including the Marianas campaign and the liberation of the Philippines. He married in 1945, and in 1946 he brought his bride back to Richmond and joined his father in business at Bingham Truck Service. Upon his father's retirement, he took the sales department and formed his own company, Bingham GMC Trucks. He served as treasurer of the Virginia Highway Users for many years and on the General Motors Dealer Council. He stayed in the Navy Reserve, and led his squadron in Norfolk during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He retired as Commander in 1964. He loved all airplanes and enjoyed his naval career. He was president of the Richmond Jaycees, 1956-1957, the Richmond First Club, 1974-1975, and was chairman of the Community Chest. He served on the board of the Richmond Cerebral Palsy Center for many years, the Richmond Automobile Dealers Association, on the board of the University of Richmond Alumni Association, and as a Sunday School teacher and deacon at the River Road Church, Baptist. He was a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society, and was a volunteer at the Virginia Aviation Museum. He and Alma traveled the world and enjoyed great adventures. His favorite trip was when they flew an antique Stearman biplane from Kansas City to Richmond. He was a Virginia gentleman and a proud American. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to River Road Church, Baptist, 8000 River Road, Richmond, Va. 23229. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2010 at River Road Church, Baptist. His family will receive friends at the church following the service.


Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on February 17, 2010
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USS Wasp (CV-18)
Career (United States)
Builder: Fore River Shipyard
Laid down: 18 March 1942
Launched: 17 August 1943
Commissioned: 24 November 1943
28 September 1951
Decommissioned: 17 February 1947
1 July 1972
Reclassified: CV to CVA 1 October 1952
CVA to CVS 1 November 1956
see SCB-27 and SCB-125 for conversion information
Struck: 1 July 1972
Fate: Scrapped in 1973
General characteristics
Class and type: Essex-class aircraft carrier
Displacement: As built:
27,100 tons standard
36,380 tons full load
Length: As built:
820 feet (250 m) waterline
872 feet (266 m) overall
Beam: As built:
93 feet (28 m) waterline
147 feet 6 inches (45 m) overall
Draft: As built:
28 feet 5 inches (8.66 m) light
34 feet 2 inches (10.41 m) full load
Propulsion: As designed:
8 × boilers 565 psi (3,900 kPa) 850 °F (450 °C)
4 × Westinghouse geared steam turbines
4 × shafts
150,000 shp (110 MW)
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h)
Range: 20,000 nautical miles (37,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: As built:
2,600 officers and enlisted
Armament: As built:
4 × twin 5 inch (127 mm) 38 caliber guns
4 × single 5 inch (127 mm) 38 caliber guns
8 × quadruple 40 mm 56 caliber guns
46 × single 20 mm 78 caliber guns
Armor: As built:
2.5 to 4 inch (60 to 100 mm) belt
1.5 inch (40 mm) hangar and protectice decks
4 inch (100 mm) bulkheads
1.5 inch (40 mm) STS top and sides of pilot house
2.5 inch (60 mm) top of steering gear
Aircraft carried: As built:
90–100 aircraft
1 × deck-edge elevator
2 × centerline elevators

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USS Wasp (CV-18)

Clifton, Joseph, RADM, (1926-1963) Captain
Sprague, Clifton A.F., VADM, (1917-1951) OFF 132X Captain
Biros, Edmund William, LCDR, (1937-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Roosevelt, John Aspinwall, LCDR, (1941-1946) OFF 110X Lieutenant Commander
Punnell, William Querine, LT, (1940-1944) OFF 000X Lieutenant
Rockwell, George Lincoln, CDR, (1940-1960) Lieutenant
Amussen, John Russell, LTJG, (1942-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Hillock, Donald, LTJG, (1943-1946) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Taylor, Ray, CDR, (1942-1969) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Williams, Adam, LTJG, (1941-1945) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Wolfard, Sr., Robert, LTJG, (1942-1949) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Cabrials, Sylvan Anthony, ENS, (1944-1945) OFF Ensign
Nisi, Alberto C., ENS OFF 131X Ensign
Martin, Thomas, CPO, (1942-1945) PhM PhM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Eckman, Robert P, PO2, (1942-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hoarty, Leo, PO2, (1942-1946) Petty Officer Second Class
Bushko, George, S1c, (1943-1946) FC FC-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Tant, Robert, MCPO, (1942-1971) Seaman
Coleman, Charles, S2c, (1943-1946) ARM ARM-0000 Seaman Second Class

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