William Crary Bassett (1844-1881) was a Connecticut native who lived in Middleton, CT at the the start of the Civil War. He enlisted as a Sergeant in Company G, 21st Connecticut Infantry on August 9, 1862 and was promoted to 1st Sergeant on November 16, 1864. He mustered out on June 16, 1865.
Bassett migrated to California in the post war period, living in San Francisco in the late 1860s and Los Angeles in the 1870s, before making his way to Santa Monica where he joined the Fort Fisher post #137 of the Grand Army of the Republic. He died on April 30, 1881 in Santa Monica, aged only 37 years, and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery.