Bowling Green native William G. Basham was born August 25, 1947. Bill was enlisted in the U.S. Army for three years and served a tour in Vietnam with the Signal Corp, prior to attending flight school in 1968. He graduated from Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course Class 69-15 followed by AH-1G Cobra School. Bill’s second Vietnam assignment was in the 334th Aerial Weapons Company, 145th Combat Aviation Battalion.
Warrant Officer Basham was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight on April 1, 1970 and a second award on May 2, 1970. He was also awarded three Air Medals with “V” device and was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer, CWO 2, during that tour of duty.
After an aviation assignment at Ft. Lewis, WA, CWO Basham completed the Aviation Safety Officers course at the University of Southern California and the Aviation Warrant Officer Advanced Course at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. He was promoted to CWO 3 while assigned to Alaska and later pursued a career in private industry.
Bill presently resides in Bowling Green, Kentucky and enjoys traveling and golfing with his wife Barbara. They have two daughters, Renee Ellison and Cynthia and one granddaughter, Erika. Bill is a member of VHPA, VFW, DAV, American Legion, Board of Certified Safety Professionals, American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.