Bill completed electrician school in Port Hueneme, CA in 1962, and graduated at the top of his class. He spent tours of duty in:

  • McMurdo Station, Antarctica
  • Midway Island, North Pacific
  • Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
  • Saigon, South Vietnam
  • Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Washington, DC

Various Destinations with the State Department (Including: Turkey, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Portugal, Africa/West Africa, Russia, Spain, Italy) While in Italy, Bill was the Assistant Officer in Charge of all Seabee Battalions for Construction in Europe and the Middle East.

Bill faced the possibility of death a number of times while serving his country. While in Antarctica, Bill once was operating a bulldozer (with an enclosed cab) off-loading cargo from a ship. The dozer fell through the ice and sank 24 feet to the tip of a ledge. Beyond the ledge was another 3000 ft. drop. Bill had to wait until the cab filled with water and equalized the pressure for him to escape, swim to the surface, and find the hole in the ice!

Bill retired in 1980 as a Senior Chief and returned to Portland, Maine to start Seabee Electric, Inc. Bill carried the “Can Do” spirit, the Navy Seabee’s Motto, throughout his business career, and that spirit is the hallmark of the company today!

 

 

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Bill ran the company for 18 years. He retired in 1998 and handed the reigns over to Charlie Hascall.