BILLY - BOLIN, US. ARMY Master Sergeant-Obituary

BILLY JOE (Bill) BOLIN, US. ARMY Master Sergeant

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Bill Bolin, 85, passed away early Saturday morning, June 25, 2016, in Bradenton, FL, after a brief heart ailment. Family members were by his side. A native of Attalla, AL, He was a former longtime resident of the Fort Bragg/Fayetteville, North Carolina area, and most recently from Gallatin, TN.Bill volunteered for the U.S. Army when he turned 18, in 1949. His military career began with the military occupation of Japan, where he served as a prison guard at the Sugamo Prison in Tokyo (the prison that housed the Japanese leader, Tojo, until Tojo was hanged for war crimes). Bill later served in The Korean conflict, plus three tours of duty in Vietnam. He retired from the Army in 1969.He served with the 82nd Airborne as a jumpmaster and master parachutist. He then became a member of the Fifth Special Forces Group, the original "Green Berets," one of the most decorated units in the Army.Bill's medals include the Bronze Star, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Unit Commendation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantry Badge (2nd Award), National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Vietnam Service Medal. He was also a disabled vet.Following military retirement in 1969, Bill became purchasing director for Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville, NC. He retired from the hospital in 1992.Bill was a Deacon of the Lafayette Baptist Church in Fayetteville, and head of its senior adult Sunday School. He loved Southern Gospel music.Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert O. and Birchie B. Bolin, and brothers Steve and Leon, all of Alabama. He was preceded, too, by three children: David, Bert and Linda Lee, all of North Carolina.He leaves, to mourn his passing, his widow, Helen Monroe Bolin of Bradenton, Florida; sisters, Faye Drumheller of California; Sandra Perkins of Tennessee; and Lynda Nixon of Alabama. Surviving children are Jean (JD) Patton of Alabama; Karen (Tim) Koons of North Carolina; Debi (Clyde) Carswell of Tennessee; and Roni (Joel) Pratt of Texas. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.Visitation will be Friday, July 1, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and service to follow at 6:00 P.M. at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel 604 43rd Street West Bradenton, Florida 34209. Burial with Military Honors will be Saturday July 2, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at Sarasota National Cemetery 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, Florida 34241. Condolences may be made to

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