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Updated: 08/25/2014 08:00:00AM

Wyld served 41 years in Navy Reserve aboard 21 ships

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This formal picture of Bill Wyld was taken in 1951, three years into his 41-year Navy Reserve career that began in 1948 and ran until he retired in 1989.

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An LST (Landing Ship Tank) Wyld served on is loaded with rolling stock during maneuvers in San Diego, Calif., in the 1950s.

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Wyld swabs the deck aboard an LST during one of his two-week summer outings in the Navy Reserve during his four-decade career.

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Bill Wyld today at 85, at his home in Port Charlotte.

By DON MOORE

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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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