Senior Chief Shipfitter, USN


William Buehler enlisted in the Naval Reserve on January 8, 1942.  At the end of March, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Hannibal (AG-1).  Built in 1898 as the Joseph Holland in England, the United States purchased her on April 7, 1898 and renamed the Hannibal.  It was one of few ships to serve in the Spanish American War, WWI, and WWII. The Hannibal operated of the coast of Norfolk, VA during the war.  Buehler, then a Shipfitter 2/c, served on board until May 9, 1944.  


Following his service on the East Coast. Buehler moved across the country to California and then Seattle, WA to see the completion of the floating workshop YR-78.  He assigned to the YR-78 on the day it was launched on May 19, 1945 and by October was cruising up to Kodiak, AK.


He returned to the East Coast in early November, hopping from Maryland to New York and back to Virginia.  He sailed to Puerto Rico on February 18, 1946 and remained in San Juan and Roosevelt Roads two and half years, until the end of November, 1948.  On November 22, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Coral Sea (CVB-43) and participated in the ship's Mediteranian cruise until November 6, 1951.


Buehler served  in the Navy for another 10 years, retiring in August, 1961. Though his occupation demanded hard work each day, he did get to travel to a variety of places during his time in the service.  After he retired, he worked at Electric Boat in Groton, CT for the next 21 years.

Buehler is seated 4th from the right in this image from the Coral Sea Cruise book in 1951.  The uniform he wears is the same khaki coat shown above.