William R. Gill | University of North Texas Special Collections
William R. Gill was born in McDonald, Pennsylvania on July 21, 1920. He graduated from High School in 1938. He was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps while attending Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Gill earned a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, graduating in December 1942. He earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Hawaii in 1949. Following that he would earn his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1955.
During World War II he served with A Company, 389th Infantry Regiment, 98th Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater. He participated in entering Japan at the end of the War. He was involved in taking over prisoner of war camps and the collection and destroying Japanese weapons. Mr. Gill was also involved in gathering evidence of war crimes committed by the Japanese. Among the cases he investigated were those involving medical experimentation on humans.
He was called to duty as an Army Reservist for the Korean War following his completion of his master’s degree. He joined the Investigations Office the first summer. The second summer he joined an engineering outfit in Okinawa. He retired from the Army Reserve as a colonel in 1960.