Interview by Heidi Gerstmyer
April 4, 2013


Bill Mays was born on October 10, 1944 in Taft California. He served for 24 years in the U.S. Air Force. He also served in the Vietnam War and achieved the rank Lieutenant Colonel. He is recognized today with numerous awards and achievements for his service.

About Bill Mays

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Mays retired from the Air Force in 1991 after 24 years of service. He went into the service in June 1967 where he served at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas for 3 years. After that, he applied to the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) where he attended Florida State for a year to get his MBA. From there, he went to the USAF Clinic operating in Okinawa, Japan for two and a half years. He then went to Bitburg, Germany before finally ending up at the Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Medals/Special Service Awards

During his time, he earned several awards including Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), Air Force Commendation Medal (AFCM). Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA), National Defense Service Medal, Small Arms Experrt Marksmanship Robbon (SAEMR), RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm, Vietnam Honor Medal. His achievements and special duties included Administrator of an Air Transportable, Hospital Head of the Standardization (Germany), and evaluating the training/medical program throughout the US.

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