William Shand

Obituary of William H. Shand

William H. Shand WWII Veteran August 16, 1923-August 16, 2010 William H. Shand passed into the Lord's loving hands on his 87th Birthday. He grew up in Stirling and Gillette N.J. and raised 6 children in his home on Long Hill Road in Gillette; and later resided in Ridge Oak Seniors Community in Basking Ridge, NJ. He attended Elm Street Gillette schools and received vocational training as a sheet-metal apprentice. Bill was employed by Gibbs & Cox in NY as an illustrator/draftsman prior to WWII, and briefly at the Ford plant in Edison, NJ after the war where he invented automotive exterior trim clips. He ran his own residential painting and gutter business for 42 years prior to retiring. Mr. Shand enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June 1942 and was assigned to the "Flying Tigers", 14th AAF, 308th BG, 375th Bomber Squadron as a B-25 gunner; serving in China, Burma and India; and briefly in North Africa. He was honorably discharged in January 1946 as a Staff Sergeant. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, (2) Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal, American Defense Medal, (5) Campaign Medals and the WWII Victory Medal. In 1988 he received a pair of Aerial Gunners Wings from the Commander-in-Chief of the Republic of China Air Force for outstanding personal and professional achievements in military aviation during WWII. He is pre-deceased by his twin brother Roy H. Shand and eldest son William D. Shand. He is survived by 2 sons; David Shand and Chris Shand, both in VA; 3 daughters: Debbie Pfaff of AZ, Paula Ross of Long Valley, NJ, Heather Potter of ID and 7 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the William J. Leber Funeral Home, 15 Furnace Rd(corner of rt 206), Chester, NJ 07930 on Sunday August 22nd from 4pm-7pm. Mr. Shand will be laid to rest in a private burial in Arlington National Cemetery
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