William Lee Pangle

8 April 1924–22 October 1996 (Age 72)
Costa Mesa, Orange, California, United States

The Life of William Lee

When William Lee Pangle was born on 8 April 1924, in Costa Mesa, Orange, California, United States, his father, James Lincoln Pangle, was 52 and his mother, Allie Loretta Ritchie, was 35. He lived in Newport Beach, Orange, California, United States in 1930 and Newport Beach Judicial Township, Orange, California, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1943. He died on 22 October 1996, in California, United States, at the age of 72.

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James Lincoln Pangle
Allie Loretta Ritchie
Luther K. Pangle
Thomas Lowell Pangle
Edith F Pangle
Harold James Pangle
Hershal A. Pangle
William Lee Pangle
Betty Cosby Pangle

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World Events (8)


Age 3

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 10

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 20

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

German: altered form of Bangel, of unexplained origin, or of Pangerl, which is from a pet form of an old personal name, Banager, related to Old High German bannan ‘to ban’ or ban ‘order’, ‘command’.

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Bill Pangle in household of J L Pangle, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William L Pangle in household of James L Pangle, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William L Pangle, "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946"

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