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William M. Oller Rear Admiral1924 - 2008 BENNINGTON, VT. Rear Admiral William Maxwell Oller, Retired, Navy, died Feb. 28, 2008 at Falcons Landing Retirement Community, Sterling, Va., with his family by his side. He was the father of J. Richard Oller of Bennington. Born April 7, 1924 in Lancaster, Pa., he attended J. P. McCaskey High School and Franklin & Marshall College in that city prior to entering the Navel Academy in June 1943. He was graduated from the Academy with the Class of 1947, and holds a master's degree in business sdministration from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. His first assignment was on board the USS Fraser, followed by duty at the Academy with the U. S. Olympic fencing team. He then served with the Island Government Unit at Pago Pago, Samoa and later at the Mine Warfare School, Yorktown, Va.; on board USS Aucilla as supply officer and comptroller the Naval Ordinance Plant, Macon, Ga.; and on the staffs of Commander Naval Forces, Philippines, the Chief of Naval Operations, and NATO's Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Southern Europe. He was executive officer of NSC Newport, R.I., and after that tour was assigned to duty in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy as director, Office of Information Systems Planning and Development. His next assignment was executive officer, SPCC, Mechanicsburg, Pa., where he was selected for promotion to his present rank. He then served as commander, Defense Fuel Supply Center, Cameron Station, Alexandria, Va., where he directed the worldwide procurement of all petroleum products for the federal government and inventory management for the Department of Defense. He served in this position throughout the Arab embargo. His last assignment was commanding officer, Naval Supply Center, Norfolk, Va., the Navy's largest distribution center. His military decorations and awards include the Legion Of Merit, with Gold Star; the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star; Joint Service Commendation Medal; World War II American Theater; World War Occupation; World War II Victory; and National Defense Service Medal. After retiring from the Navy in 1977, Admiral Oller joined Champlin Petroleum Company, first in Houston, Texas, and later in Fort Worth, Texas, as general manager, Corporate Supply and Distribution. In 1981, he was named president, Petroleum Operations and Support Services, New Orleans, La., where he directed the development and filling of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. During his tenure 250 million barrels of crude oil were added to the reserve, increasing the inventory by an additional 50 percent. His last employment was executive vice president, Texas Eastern Products Pipeline Company, Houston, Texas, where he was responsible for operations, engineering and systems development. In this position he was able to modernize and automate operation of this extensive pipeline network. He retired from this position in 1990. During post-retirement he established Maxwell Woodworks, Inc. to commercially pursue his lifelong dedication to cabinetmaking. Admiral Oller leaves his wife, the former Doris S. Greenleaf of Mountville, Pa. Besides his son, of Bennington, he leaves another son, Arthur, a retired Navy Captain, wife Lee, and children Sophie, Devin and Scott who reside in Walnut Creek, Calif,; and J. Richard's, wife, Sean, and children, Olivia and Jack. A third son, William Jr. is deceased. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m. at the Falcons Landing Chapel, Falcons Landing Circle, Sterling, Va. Graveside services with full military honors will follow at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Friends should arrive at the administration building on the grounds by 2:30. Donations may be made to the 124 Park St., SE Vienna, VA 22183-0699. Arrangements by LOUDOUN FUNERAL CHAPELS, Leesburg, VA.]]>
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 5, 2008
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