St. Augustine National Cemetery
St. Augustine, Florida
William E. Dudley
Born in Williamston, N.C., I entered the U.S. Air Force in January 1955 after graduating from Williamston High School. After Basic Training, entered the Officer Candidate School Program and went to Basic Flight Training. After 10 years of active duty, flying heavy cargo type aircraft, performing maintenance officer duties, and deployment in several world crisis mobilizations, I transferred to the Active Reserve Force, retiring with the rank of Lt. Col.
A career in Aerospace was highlighted by mid-management and executive management level positions, including President and CEO of several Fortune 500 aerospace companies both national and international in the U.K. and Singapore. Nearly 45 years was a rewarding experience that provided many opportunities to travel the world, live in and enjoy other cultures, and appreciate the vast freedoms and opportunities we have in this country.
Since retiring in 2000, I have served in many levels of the Navy League of the United States including Council President of the local Council, Area President of Northeast Florida, Region President of the State of Florida, National Vice President and have been a National Director for 15 years. I am also the Chairman of the Veterans Council of St. Johns County, a position I have held for the past 8 years. I hold the position of Vice Chairman of the Jacksonville National Cemetery Support Committee and served on the Advisory Committee for the Clyde Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home during the construction of that facility. I have served over the past 7 years on several Veterans Advisory Boards in Tallahassee for the FDVA. I have served on the Military Academy Selection Committee for Senators Mel Martinez, Senator George Lemieux, and currently for Senator Marco Rubio. I previously served on the Veterans Advisory committee for Congressman Ron DeSantis and often communicate with he and his staff on local veteran’s issue. In 2017 I was appointed the Florida Defense Support Task Force by Florida State Senate President Joe Negron. I currently serve as a member of the Board of Directors for Community Hospice and Palliative Care and a member of Community Hospice Veterans Partnership, as well as member of Anastasia Baptist Church where I serve on the Senior Deacon Board.