|Birth: ||Sep. 21, 1919|
|Death: ||Jun. 2, 2008|
U.S. Navy, WW II (Ret. 1964).
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1941 and served aboard the USS HOE, and later as Executive Officer of the USS SKIPJACK and the USS TIRU, and Commanding Officer of the USS GREENFISH. After his military retirement, he worked 20 years at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Howard County, MD. He was a member of the Clarksville Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, (Per Find A Grave I take out names of living) three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were conducted with full military honors on Monday, August 25, 2008
CAPT William P. WILLIS, Jr., 88, died of pneumonia on June 2, 2008 at The Heartlands Retirement Community in Ellicott City, MD. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, He graduated ninth in his class from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1941 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Hoe.
After World War II ended, CAPT Willis served as Executive Officer of the USS Skipjack and the USS Tiru, and as Commanding Officer of the USS Greenfish. In 1960 Admiral Rickover tapped him for the U.S. Navy's nuclear program. He became the Blue skipper of SSBN Sam Houston, a submarine propelled by nuclear power which carried ballistic missiles.
After retiring from the Navy in 1964, CAPT Willis was recruited by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Howard County, MD, where he worked for 20 years in the submarine division. After retiring from APL, he spent his time on his favorite activities: tennis, fishing and tying flies, hunting, and doing cabinetry in his shop. He joined the Clarksville Lions Club and devoted volunteer time to the Lazarus Foundation. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, (-); one son, (-) of Skamania, WA; one daughter, (-), of New Kensington, PA; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Father: William Paul Willis, Sr
.Born: Oct 11 1896 Died: 4 Sep 1948
Mother: Essilee McDonald Willis
.Born: Aug 6 1898 Died: Feb 1985
Anne Jackson Brooks Willis (1918 - 2012)*
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 59, Site 3367
Maintained by: Busy Graven
Originally Created by: Buddy
Record added: Sep 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41742556