Sadness enveloped the members of Post 184 upon learning of the passing of Bill last Saturday. Affectionately know as "Wild Bill" because of his soft voice, low key demur & fastidious dress. Bill was a sharp dresser and we don't ever remember seeing him without a hat! He will be missed by the lucky Comrades that came to know him over the last year or two. Especially missed will be his marathon parking efforts that sometimes spurred impromptu bets on how long it would take him to persuade his big Caddy into his favorite parking spot.
Bill was born in Madison, IL, raised in Gary Indiana on Dec-12-1932. He joined Navy at 17 and went to Boot Camp - Great Lakes in 1949. He attended Class A Electronics Tech School at NAS Memphis [Millington], TN. and the transferred to Electronics A School at NAS Jax, Jacksonville, FL.
In May of 1950 Bill then transferred to VC-35 NAS NORIS, San Diego, CA where he became a Plank Owner in the newly formed squadron. He flew in the carrier based AD-4nl with the duties of radar and ECM/ASW operator.
After passing a rigorous hearing test he went to HS-4 NAS NORIS, San Diego, CA in June of 1952 and became yet another Plank Owner in the newly formed Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 4 (HS-4). He flew in the carrier based Sikorsky HO4S-3 with the duties of Sonar operator.
After being discharge from the Navy, a week before his 21st birthday, Bill went back to Gary an worked odd jobs for about a year before starting 4 years at Purdue University culminating in a Degree in Electronic Engineering in 1957.
Bill was hired by The Army Corp of Engineers, Chicago and worked on Nike bases. He then Moved to California in 1961 and was hired by Conair at Vandaburg AFB. He was then hired by NorthAmerican Rockwell, which was later purchased Boeing. Bill retired from Boeing.
Bill was a veteran of the Korean Was & received a Good Conduct and National Defense Medal.
I sure I speak for all the members of American Legion Post 184 that had the pleasure of Bills company for the past few years in extending our deepest sympathies to his family on their loss. Their loss is also ours and Bill will not be forgotten.
We have place a few photos of the Bill we knew on our web site. [ http://post184.com/everlasting.htm ]
American Legion South Bay Post 184
Redondo Beach, CA