William G. Privette Jr., 67, a retired Navy captain who was a decorated flyer in World War II, died of pneumonia Oct. 15 at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center.
Capt. Privette, who lived in Falls Church, was born in Washington, N.C. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, was commissioned in the Navy in 1938, and became a pilot.
During World War II, he flew from carriers in the central Pacific. Among the actions in which he took part were raids on the Marshall Islands and the first raids on the major Japanese naval base at Truk in the Caroline Islands. He led a squadron of torpedo planes in the first Truk attack.
Ater the war, Capt. Privette's assignments included command of the carrier Yorktown. He also was chief of staff of the U.S. Naval Mission to Brazil. He was stationed in the Bureau of Personnel in the Navy Department when he retired in 1968.
His decorations included two Distinguished Flying Crosses and five Air Medals.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Quinn Privette of Falls Church; two sons, Army Maj. William G. III, of Fort Irving, Calif, and J. MacBryde, of Huntington, N.Y.; a daughter, Janet P. Welch of McAllen, Tex., and six grandchildren.