William Lloyd Baechle
Colonel, United States Air Force
of Patti Poston
Colonel William (Bill) Lloyd Baechle died April 1978 from cancer at the age of 43 in Maryland.
He was born on May 10th, 1934 in New York City. He graduated from the University of Maryland in the summer of 1977.
Colonel Baechle served in the United States Air Force for 25 years, including two tours of duty in Vietnam (one as a "Wild Weasel" and one as a "Red River Rat").
Other posts included Nellis Air Force Base, Air Force War College, Montgomery, Alabama, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Woodbridge Air Force Base, England, Air Force South Air Force Base, Italy and in Japan.
His wife, Charlotte Jean Fromme Baechle, was born March 29, 1935 in New York City and died in 1988 in Las Vegas Nevada also from cancer and is buried with him at Arlington National Cemetery.
Survivors include 4 Daughters, Deborah, Brenda, Linda and Patricia and their husbands; 5 grandsons and 3 granddaughters.
His military decoations included the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross (2), the Air Medal (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (5), and the Combat Readiness Medal (7)
The Colonel graduated from Troy State University with Associate of Arts June 8, 1973. He also graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in 1977.
Some of the units that he served with are:
78th TAC Fighter Squadron, Woodbridge England
Posted: 6 August 2002 Updated: 6 June 2004 Updated: 6 September 2005
Legion of Merit