|De oppresso liber
To free the oppressed
Bill was born May 22, 1946, in Hazel Park, Mich. He wore the
motto of the Green Berets over his heart from the time he joined
the Army Special Forces in 1970 until the day he died. He served
three combat tours in Vietnam as a Green Beret and was wounded
twice. He was awarded the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, the
Combat Infantry Badge and many other awards. He was a master Army
parachutist. He continued to serve his God and country in many
ways after he left the Army in 1975. He died from the ravaging
cancer that came as a result of hepatitis C he contracted while
helping wounded buddies to safety in Vietnam even though he
himself was wounded at the same time. A true American hero, he
lived his life devoted to the ideals of freedom for all.
Always ready with a quick smile and a helping hand, Bill
will be sorely missed. Godspeed, Bill -- we all love you. Pray for
us as you join God's Green Berets!
Survivors: Wife, Susan Pelletier; sons, William "Ted"
Pelletier Jr. and Dennis Ford; two brothers who are also Army
veterans; a sister; and a host of nieces and nephews. One of his
nephews, Jim, is serving as a combat infantryman in Iraq.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 12/13/2003.