William Wamel was born on May 3, 1920 in El Paso, Texas and passed away on December 11, 2005 in Costa Mesa, CA. He had a distinguished 26 year career as a Marine Corps pilot. His career included participation with the "Cactus Air Force" at Henderson Field on Guadalcanal in World War II as well as duty as a night interceptor during the Korean conflict and a tour as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.
On April 27, 1964, he was one of sixteen pilots to earn Distinguished Flying Crosses, the first Marine helicopter pilots to receive this award in the Viet- nam conflict. Their awards were the result of a large strike into a Viet Cong infested area known as Do Xa that can be viewed here.
A lifelong tennis player, he was the first to import Yonex Tennis and Badminton equipment into the United States.
He is survived by his wife Mona, son Kendall, daughter-in-law Therese and grandson William, all residents of Costa Mesa, CA.
Donations may be sent to Boy's Republic, 3493 Grand Avenue, Chino Hills, CA 91709.
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