Bill went into the Army Air Force in 1942, was trained as a navigator at Ellington Field, Texas, and was commissioned a second lieutenant on February 5th, 1944. He was sent to England and assigned to the 851st Bomb Squadron, 490th Bomb Group based at Eye, Suffolk. Navigating B-17G Flying Fortresses, he flew 35 combat missions over Europe from August 27th, 1944, until January of 1945. He was promoted to First Lieutenant and seperated briefly from service before re-entering the USAF in 1948 as a Master Sergeant. In 1951, he was again commissioned, this time as a captain, and undertook refresher training in the B-29 Super Fortesses. He deployed to Korea where he flew 21 combat missions. In the 1950s, he transitioned to the B-52 Strato Fortress and was on alert staus at Turner AFB, Georgia, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He accepted several staff positions before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1968.