Billy Ray Wynn
The young sailor is Billy Ray Wynn in a photo taken of him some time after he joined the Navy in 1946. Mr. Wynn now lives in Richmond, Virginia, but he grew up in Walton. He left the Navy in December of 1947, came back to Walton and graduated with his high school Class of '47. Thereafter, he enrolled in college at Western, taking, among his other courses, Air Force ROTC. He subsequently received an Air Force Commission and was called to active duty with the Air Force in September of 1951. Mr. Wynn attended flight school from February 1953 to December 1953 and completed his aerial acrobat exercises and his training and practice in combat fighter tactics. However, before receiving his "Wings," he was relieved of his flying duties for medical reasons. Nothing serious, but enough to "ground" him from flying.
He remained in the Air Force and in the years following held many positions of significant responsibility throughout the world. After service in the Korean War and later in Viet Nam, he retired from the Air Force on July 1, 1970, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lt. Colonel Wynn and his wife, Marguerite, married in October of 1952. She was a Second Lieutenant and a Registered Nurse from Danville, Pennsylvania, whom he met at Lockbourne AFB in Columbus. The Wynns were blessed with two children, daughter Lynn and son Scott.