William Harland Black

Bill died in an automobile accident in Milwaukee on 23 June 1971. He was 38 years old. His survivors included his wife Mary and three daughters.


Bill entered the Naval Academy from Columbus, WI after spending a year at the University of Wisconsin.  At Navy, he was noted for his academic prowess and his activities in the Mechanical Engineering Club and the Drum & Bugle Corps. In addition, during First Class year, he was the manager of the Rifle Team.


From the Naval Academy, Bill entered the Air Force and graduated from the USAF Pilot Training Class of ‘57S.  After finishing multi-engine training, Bill remained in the Air Training Command as a multi-engine aircraft instructor.


Upon completion of his active duty obligation, he joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard. At the time of his death, Bill had been promoted to Major USAFR serving as Assistant Director, Reserve Tactical Airlift Command.