Rev. Bill served 3 years in the US Army from November 1965 to November 1968. Took his basic training in California at Fort Ord and went to Fort Rucker, Alabama for training to become a crew-chief on a UH-1 (Huey) Helicopter. His first assignment was to Fort Campbell, Kentucky before volunteering for Vietnam.
He was assigned to The 128th Assault Helicopter Company (The Tomahawks) in October of 1966. He eventually was given his own aircraft to crew. He earned 14 Air Medals, and was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star, The Purple Heart Medal, and other awards and ribbons. He left Vietnam in October of 1967 and was assigned to Fort Benning. Georgia his last year.
He has been working as a volunteer chaplain for several military organizations since the 1990's and partaken in numerous official ceremonies and events at the state capital in Sacramento. He has delivered prayers for military related events all over California, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and other states.
He was the official chaplain for the Huey crew that flew Huey 091 across the country for the documentary film "In The Shadow of the Blade" for the Military Channel in 2003/04
He founded the Spiritual Warrior Ministries as a way to provide free chaplain services nation wide. It is a self-funded organization of all faiths.
He is a life member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart , Chapter 0385 James R. Brink, Folsom California; a life member of The Vietnam Veterans of America, Sacramento Valley Chapter #500; The American Legion Post 322, Elk Grove/Laguna, California; a life member of AMVETS, West Sacramento Post; a life member of The Diablo Valley Vietnam Veterans. Founder and first president of The Military Writers Society of America. The founder and current Secretary General of The Spiritual Warrior Ministries.