During his 41 years in the Naval Reserve, Chief Warrant Officer-4 Bill Wyld Jr. may have served on more ships than just about anyone in the service. From 1948 until he retired from the Navy in 1985, the Port Charlotte man went aboard 21 ships, some of them a couple of times.
“My first ship was the USS Dyess, a destroyer whose home port was Newport, R.I. I went aboard during my senior year in high school in 1948 as a seaman,” the 85-year-old former Navy man recalled. “I had $100 in pay I used to romance the girls at the USO Club in Newport while the money lasted.”
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