Roy, William G., LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
8853-Photographic Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1975-1981, 8853, Standby Reserve - Inactive
Service Years
1936 - 1981
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember Roy, William G. (Bill ), LCDR USN(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Coaling, Alabama
Last Address
Naples, Florida.
Internment service was held at
Dees-Parish Family Funeral Home
in Lake City, FL.

Date of Passing
Apr 10, 2015
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
National Association of Naval PhotographyNaval Historical FoundationPost 7721, Golden Gate Post
  1980, National Association of Naval Photography [Verified]
  1985, Naval Historical Foundation
  1990, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 7721, Golden Gate Post (Member) (Naples, Florida) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
WWII Combat Photographer and Intelligence Officer

William Glenn Roy, "Bill", began his military service with the Florida National Guard in a machine-gun company, making three summer training missions. The last one was at Camp Foster which is now the site of the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville.

He entered naval service in 1939, with his first assignment aboard the battleship USS Arkansas (BB-33) in the engineering department, then as a boat engineer. Collateral duty was as ship's photographer.

In 1941, Bill Roy was ordered to the Naval School of Photography and subsequently reported to the carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5). He flew missions during the Marshall-Gilbert Island Campaign as an observer and photographer. During the Battle of the Coral Sea, Bill was stationed on the open bridge. His still and motion picture photography of this battle and the sinking of the carrier USS Lexington (CV-2) were made into a film by the Navy.

At the Battle of Midway, on June 4,1942, Bill Roy took station on the signal bridge and made motion and still pictures of the battle. When the order came to abandon the crippled Yorktown, he preserved the historic film footage by taping the cans of film to his life jacket.

In July 1953, Bill Roy received a direct commission as a photographic officer. He later served as the NAS Anacosta photographic officer and Navy Intelligence Officer before going into the inactive naval reserve. He retired in 1981 as a Lieutenant Commander.

Following military service, Bill Roy furthered his education, receiving both a law degree and MBA. He continued to serve his country by playing a key role with the Martin Company at their Test Division, Cape Canaveral, Florida, for Missiles and Rocket testing, as well as similar work for the Air Force. He was then heavily involved as Contract Manager/Director in both NASA's Gemini Project for the launch of two astronauts into space and the Apollo Moon Project at Cape Kennedy.

He subsequently worked for the Dow Chemical Corporation, first as their international attorney, then as corporate counsel at their world headquarters. During this time, he served on the presidential commission for review of all Federal government procurement laws, rules, and regulations. 

Upon retirement from Dow, Bill Roy entered into private law practice in Florida, and resided with his wife, Barbara, in Naples, Florida.
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Bill Roy's commendation from Admiral Nimitz

WILLIAM G. ROY,  Photographer's Mate 2nd Class, U.S. Navy,
for service as set forth in the following COMMENDATION:

"For heroic conduct and meritorious service in the line of his profession as a member of the volunteer salvage crew which attempted on June 6, 1942, to salvage and return the USS YORKTOWN to port. Knowing full well that the YORKTOWN was in a precarious condition because of damage received in the battle on June 5, 1942, that she was barely seaworthy, and that she would probably be the target of repeated submarine and air attacks against which it would be very difficult to defend her, he requested that he be allowed to return to the ship and assist in her salvage. The effort of the salvage party were so successful that all remaining fires were out and two degrees of list had been removed when, in the mid-afternoon, the ship was struck by two torpedoes fired from an enemy submarine. His conduct was in accordance with the best traditions of the naval service".

C.W. Nimitz, Admiral, U.S. Navy

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 Duty Stations
Army National Guard (ANG)RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)USS Arkansas (BB-33)Advancement Schools and Courses
USS Yorktown (CV-5)(PH) Naval Photography SchoolNAS San DiegoNAS Jacksonville FL
NAS AnacostiaCommander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)
  1936-1939, GM-0000, Army National Guard (ANG)
  1939-1939, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1939-1941, EN-0000, USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  1941-1941, PhoM-0000, (PH) Photographers Mate A School
  1941-1942, PhoM-0000, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1943-1945, PhoM-0000, (PH) Newsreel Photography School
  1945-1948, PhoM-0000, NAS San Diego
  1949-1951, PhoM-0000, NAS Jacksonville FL
  1951-1952, 8853, NAS Anacostia
  1953-1975, 8853, NRTC Tampa FL
  1975-1981, 8853, Standby Reserve - Inactive
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
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 Colleges Attended 
University of BaltimoreFlorida Institute of Technology
  1954-1956, University of Baltimore
  1968-1970, Florida Institute of Technology
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 10, 2015, Mr. William Glenn Roy, Sr., age 951
  Jun 29, 2016, General Photos12
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