Worthy, William Edward, Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1575-Navigator, Electronic Warfare Officer
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 1575, 42nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
Service Years
1955 - 1970

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

Date of Passing
Jul 16, 1970
Location of Interment
Florence National Cemetery - Florence, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec E, Site 407

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Last Known Activity
William Edward Worthy was born on June 3, 1933 in Chester, South Carolina. He enrolled at Clemson University in 1951, and graduated with a degree in Textile Manufacturing in 1955. He entered the military that same year.

Chosen for navigator training, he completed this training at Harlingen, Texas and Mather AFB, California. He was then assigned to the 96th Bomb Wing as navigator on a B-52. Later, he was sent to Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio for the same duty.

He attended the University of Oklahoma, gaining an MBA degree. He was then transferred to the 50th Military Airlift Squadron where he performed the duty as navigator on a C-141. His next assignment was to the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Shaw AFB, South Carolina for transitional training in the EB-66 as Electronic Warfare Officer.

Upon completion of this training, he was assigned to the 42nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Takhli TRAFB, Thailand. He was en route to this station on July 10, 1970 when he was struck by a hit and run driver, suffering internal and head injuries. He was at the Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand on July 16, 1970 when he died of these injuries.

Major Worthy's body was returned home and he was buried in the Floence National Cemetery in Florence, South Carolina. He lies in Section E, Site 407.



Other Comments:
Very little has been found detailing Major Worthy's early life. The military career as outlined here has been constructed from available information and date/rank/organizations may not be accurate. Investigation and research will continue in this area. Citations for the AF Commendation Medal and the Air Medal have been found, giving some organizations and approximate dates used in this reconstruction.

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 Unit Assignments
Advancement Schools and CoursesUS Air Force50th Tactical Airlift Squadron42nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1955-1957, Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course
  1957-1958, 1521E, Aviation Cadet Navigator Training Course
  1959-1962, 1521A, 96th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1967-1969, 1562J, 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1967-1969, 1562, 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1970-1970, 1575, 42nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
 Colleges Attended 
Clemson UniversityUniversity of Oklahoma
  1951-1955, Clemson University
  1963-2011, University of Oklahoma
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  C-141 Starlifter  EB-66 Destroyer  
  1957-1962, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1963-1965, C-141 Starlifter
  1968-1970, EB-66 Destroyer
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