9 January 1945 — Northern Africa and Italy
William E. Porter enlisted in the Army in 1936 and served his basic training in Fort Huachuca, AZ. He served in the Northern Africa theatre during the first years of WWII, later serving with the 92nd Infantry, 366th Regiment, Company B in Italy. He earned a battlefield commission to 1st Lieutenant during WWII. He was known to some in the 366th, as "Wild Bill".
Bill Porter was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star during WWII, and a second Purple Heart and Silver Star during the Korean War; where he served as commanding officer (Captain) to Julius Becton who retired as a decorated 3 Star General from the U.S. Army. Porter retired from active duty as a Major in May 1958, finishing his career as an ROTC and military police instructor in Kansas City, MO and Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa.