PLATTSBURGH — Lt. Col. William M. Meader, 82, of Rugar Street, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000 at the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh. He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 3, 1917, son of Frank Robert and Blanche (Mandel) Meader.
Bill was a graduate of State University of New York, College of Arts and Science at Plattsburgh. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1936. Bill enlisted ini the United States Army Air Corps as a pilot and was a founding member of the Strategic Air Command. He served during World War II and Korea. Bill was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, Japanese Occupation, Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Distinguished Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster and the Air Force Longevity Service Award with four bronze oak leaf clusters.
Bill worked in Civil Service in the engineering department on Plattsburgh Air Force Base for thirteen years after he retired from the Air Force. He was past president of the Retired Officers Association for the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Northeast New York. He was involved with Senior Citizen