Willard served in the United States Army in World War II. He entered service November 17, 1942 at Fort Thomas, Kentucky and was discharged at the Separation Center at Camp Atterbury, Indiana on January 5, 1946. His service number was 35-640-421. During his service he attained the rank of Private First Class and served with Headquarters Company, 155th Infantry. Family oral history indicates that he was stationed at Camp Shelby, Mississippi and served in New Guinea, Philippines, and Australia campaigns. During his service he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, and the Good Conduct Ribbon.
Willard married Maxine Pope on May 14, 1943. They had 2 children: Ollie Francis and Frankie.
After his divorce, Willard married Mary Jane LuKaszwicz. They had 5 children: Willard F. born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; John W. born in Pittsburg; Ray F. born in Pittsburg; Ronald L. born in Pittsburg; Donna Jean born in Pittsburg.
Willard died in April 1981 in Pittsburg. He is buried in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.--Beverly L. Pack (niece)
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