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Neill Willoughby(1930 - 2013)

Neill Willoughby

CAMBRIDGE—Neill J. Willoughby, 82, of Cambridge passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Perry Point Medical Center. He was born in Cambridge on Oct. 18, 1930, to the late Howard and Helen Duncan Willoughby.

He attended and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1949. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force. During that time, he served a tour of duty in Korea. He was stationed at McChord Air Force Base in Washington until he was honorably discharged in 1952. After he was discharged, he returned to Maryland. Mr. Willoughby joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1956. He went to officer training school (OCS) in Fort Benning, Ga., in 1956. Upon graduation from OCS he received his commission as a second lieutenant. He became a full-time active duty soldier in 1961, when the Berlin crisis occurred. He went to Germany in 1963 and was there for 18 months. Mr. Willoughby briefly came back to the U.S. before he went to Vietnam. He had three tours of duty in Vietnam: from January 1966-January 1967, August 1967-August 1968 and January 1970-December 1970. After rising through the ranks he became a major. He served his last tour in Fort Meade, Md., until he retired in 1977 after 26 years of service. Mr. Willoughby was honored with the following medals for his service: The Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal W/60 Device, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Pain Unit Citation, Army Commendation Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, Korea Presidential Unit Citation and Staff Service Medal. After his military career, he worked for the State of Maryland in the Dept. of Juvenile Services from 1977-1995. He was an avid golfer. Mr. Willoughby was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Post 91, and Choptank Memorial Post 7460 VFW and a lifetime member of the BPOE Elks Lodge 1272.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary A. Bishop Willoughby of Cambridge; a daughter, Catherine Turner of Salisbury; a son, Richard Haulet of Wilkeson, Wash.; five grandsons of Carbonado, Wash., two nieces, Adrienne Kawamura of Seattle, Wash., and Donna Willoughby of Charlotte, N.C.; a nephew, Scott Willoughby of Cambridge; a sister, Shirley Hurley and husband, James, of Cambridge; and a brother, Howard Willoughby of Cambridge.

A funeral service will be held Monday, April 22, at 12:30 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home PA in Cambridge, with the Rev. A. Delmer Willey Jr. officiating. Family will receive friends an hour before the service. Interment will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery near Hurlock. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, Md. 21741 or the Baywater Animal Rescue, 4930 Bucktown Road, Cambridge, Md. 21613.


Published in The Daily Times on Apr. 21, 2013
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