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War: World War II|
Branch: U.S. Army Air Corps
Highest Rank: Captain
Birth Year: April 14, 1920
Place of Birth: Escanaba, Michigan
Citations/Medals: European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon, Air Medal & 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, American Theatre Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and one Overseas Bar
William Stegath was born on April 14, 1920 in Escanaba, Michigan. He completed his education, through high school, in Escanaba and enrolled in the University of Michigan in 1938. He reported that he had an aunt living in Ann Arbor so living with the aunt could save money for the family, which was in short supply.|
While at the University of Michigan, William joined the Air Force Reserves, which at the time was aggressively recruiting young men for pilot training. He was commissioned upon graduation. After nine months of basic and advanced training he was assigned to a replacement crew. Upon completing fifty missions, he was sent home. He was active in the Air Force Reserves for several years and attained the rank of Major.
William was married shortly after returning from active duty. He has three daughters of whom he is very proud. He also has four grandchildren. Besides his children, William is especially proud of the many years he was a Rotarian.