March 11, 2013

William V. (Bill) Newton

— Funeral service for William V. (Bill) Newton, 85, of Ninnekah, will be held at 1, p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013 in the Chapel of Sevier Funeral Home.

WILLIAM V. (BILL) NEWTON was born November 1, 1927 in Russellville, Oklahoma, the son of Oscar L. and Tola Mae (Butler) Newton.  He died March 5, 2013 at his home in Ninnekah.

SMSGT William V. (Bill) Newton, Air Force, retired was another veteran who lived in the Chickasha area.

Bill was drafted into the US Army in 1945 and was assigned to Camp Chaffee, Arkansas for training.  After only 21 days he was transferred to the Air Force at Wichita Falls, Texas.  After 38 days of Air Force training he was assigned overseas via Camp Kearns, Utah and Ft. Lewis, WA to Okinawa in the North Pacific.  He served with the 316 Bomb Wing at Kadena Air Base.  He stated his first Jeep included the maintenance at no cost to him and he got to use it 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for approximately 17 months.  Then he returned to the USA and was discharged as a sergeant at Camp Stoneman, CA.

Trying civilian life a short time, he re-enlisted at Tinker Air Force Base as a PFC, in January, 1948.  Due to the number of personnel at Tinker at the time (it was still a transition period for the military, from war to peace time) he performed any duty that needed doing regardless of rank or training.  He was assigned the duty of escorting prisoners that were flown into Tinker, to the prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. They were taken by train from Oklahoma City to Ft. Leavenworth.

In August, 1948, he volunteered for operation Vettles, not knowing what it was, but he knew he was ready for a change and a permanent duty assignment.  He transferred from Tinker to Griffith AFB in Rome, NY where he was assigned to the newly activated 59th Air Depot group and subsequently the entire group was transferred to Burtonwood AFB in Watford, England for aircraft maintenance and other support of the Berlin Airlift.

While he was assigned in Burtonwood, he was selected to attend the US Army intelligence school in Oberammergau, Germany.  He finished 2nd in a class of 50.  After completing school he returned to England and in 1951 after 3 years in England he was transferred to Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C. and assigned to the command inspector general office.  Here he performed inspections of all units under the command of insure their compliance to air force regulations and procedures.  This included the 1020th special activities wing that had personnel assigned to the American Embassy worldwide.  This  assignment also included staff supervision of all security functions of the command including the processing of security investigations and the granting and/or denying of security clearances to command personnel, as well as, all civilian consultants under contract to the air force worldwide.

After performing these duties for 6 years, he was transferred to the 3rd Air Force in South Ruiship, England where he served as the coordinator and monitor of air force personnel activities with the British Customs office in London for 3 years.

He was again transferred to Bolling AFB and assigned to the 1100th AB Wing as staff coordinator of all special functions performed by the air force personnel in the military district of Washington D.C.  While in Washington D.C. he was coordinator and performed in 3 presidential inaugurations, and the burial of John F. Kennedy.  He received a written invitation to President Johnson’s inauguration ball which he declined.

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