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This Blue Star Roll of Honor Page was created by a Proclamation on 11 February 2021 as a Memorial to Honor those Founding and Sustaining members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
U.S. Air Force SSgt William A. "Bill" Wyatt served in Japan during the Korean Conflict in where he dispatched fighter pilots on their missions. Shortly following his return home from the war, he continued his service to veterans in the American Legion for over 50 years. Bill had been a member of General Bare American Legion Post #43 for 51 years and commander for the last 26 continuous years. Wyatt had been the longest serving veteran on the Alabama State Board of Veterans Affairs, originally appointed during Gov. Don Siegleman’s term and serving through 2016.
Bill Wyatt was a Founding Member and Director of the Blue Star Salute Foundation, beginning in 2005 and serving continuously for 16 years until his death on January 21, 2021. In the early days, members were issued Membership Cards with their name and membership number printed on them; Bill was member number 1 and his wife Pat was member number 2. Bill sacrificed hundreds of hours constructing the “Faces of the Price of Freedom” Memorial and driving it to events all over the State of Alabama. Bill was also known as the Chief Fundraiser of the Blue Star Salute Foundation where he worked tirelessly and with intensity to collect funds from donors to ensure we had the resources to conduct our operations.
We are forever grateful for his service to the country and the many veterans organizations he championed. We pledge to ensure that his legacy never be forgotten.