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Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Lt William J Hook

 
 
Lt William J Hook Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles Keller, August 10, 2018
1. Lt William J Hook Marker
Inscription.  Lt Hook was born March 12, 1917, in Albany, NY. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY, attended Albany Law School, and was active in musical circles.

At 24, he responded to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor by enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1941, as an aviation cadet. He attended flight school in AL and GA before arriving in Myrtle Beach for more training.

In 1942, he married Frances Downs, and their daughter, Gail, was born the following year in Myrtle Beach. Within months of her birth, Lt Hook shipped out for England as a navigator. His last mission was Feb 1944, when his and two other B-26 Marauders were shot down over France. His body was never recovered.

His daughter's baby shoes flew with him on every mission except the last.

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Mrs William J Hook
1226 State ST

The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your husband First Lieutenant William J Hook has been reported missing in action since five February over France period if further details or other information
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is February 18, 1944.
 
Location. 33° 39.872′ N, 78° 56.518′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of William Hook Alley and Peterson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crabtree Gymnasium (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Holocaust (about 800 feet away); Colonel Robert G. Emmens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel Francis S. Gabreski (approx. 0.2 miles away); Recreation Center/Service Club/Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Robert H. Reed (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chief Master Sergeant James Cope (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dormitory Complex (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
 
Lt William J Hook Marker wide shot image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles Keller, August 10, 2018
2. Lt William J Hook Marker wide shot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 10, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.   2. submitted on August 11, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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