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Lt. Gen. Willie Williams

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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Lieutenant General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gold
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Orange Beach, Alabama
Favorite Quote:
We should not allow others to dictate our destiny.

Birthplace

Born:
9/27/1951
Birth Location:
Livingston, Alabama

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Lieutenant General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Gold
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Orange Beach, Alabama
Favorite Quote:
We should not allow others to dictate our destiny.

Birthplace

Born:
9/27/1951
Birth Location:
Livingston
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Biography

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Willie Williams was commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps in May of 1974 after graduating with his B.A. degree in business administration from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Williams also received his M.A. degree in business administration from National University in San Diego, California in 1992 and his M.A. degree in strategic resources management from from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1994. He is also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Amphibious Warfare School.

Williams began his career with the 11th Marine Artillery Regiment, serving first as a battalion supply officer and then as the regimental supply officer. In October 1977, Williams was assigned to the 3rd Force Service Support Group based in Iwakuni, Japan. After serving in Iwakuni, Williams returned to the U.S. for duty at the Marine Barracks at North Island, San Diego, California. While there, Williams served as the detachment supply officer and barracks executive officer. In June 1982, he reported to Quantico, Virginia for duty as platoon commander in the Officer Candidate School. In 1988, Williams deployed as the logistics officer with the Contingency Marine Air Ground Task Force 3-88 during its Persian Gulf Deployment. He was assigned to joint duty with the Department of Defense Inspector General’s Office in January 1990. Williams was appointed as commander of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group from 1994 to 1996. In June 1997, Williams departed for duty in Okinawa, Japan with the 1st Force Service Support Group. Initially, Williams was assigned as the assistant chief of staff; but, in 1998, he was promoted to commanding officer of the Brigade Service Support Group. He returned to Okinawa, Japan in 2000 as the commanding general of the Marine Corps Base at Camp Smedley D. Butler, and then as as the commanding general of the 3rd Force Service Support Group. From 2003 to 2005, Williams served as the assistant deputy commandant of Installations and Logistics at the U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters. In 2011, Williams became the director of the Marine Corps staff at Marine Corps Headquarters, making him third in the chain of command for the entire Marine Corps, behind only the commandant and the assistant commandant.

Williams military honors include the Legion of Merit with a gold star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Department of Defense Service Badge. Williams received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Stillman College, and an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from Albany State University.

Lt. Gen.Willie Williams was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 11, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Willie Williams' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Willie Williams lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Willie Williams describes his mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Willie Williams talks about his maternal uncle, Henry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Willie Williams talks about slavery and land ownership on his father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Willie Williams talks about his mother's life in Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Willie Williams describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Willie Williams describes his family's livelihood from owning land
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Willie Williams talks about his father's education, and life in Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Willie Williams talks about his parents' relationship as well as his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Willie Williams talks about his biological parents and his mother raising five children by herself
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Willie Williams talks about the origin of his last name, "Williams"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Willie Williams talks about his mother moving him and his siblings to different places in Alabama, to stay close to their relatives
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Willie Williams talks about his likeness to his parents, and his mother's influence on him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Willie Williams describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Moundville, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Willie Williams talks about his family's involvement in the First Baptist Church of Moundville, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Willie Williams talks about starting school in Epes, Alabama, and his teachers at school in Epes and Moundville, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Willie Williams describes his experience in elementary school in Epes and Theodore, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Willie Williams discusses baseball players who originated from Mobile County, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Willie Williams talks about growing up without a television, electricity and running water
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Willie Williams talks about the nurturing community of Moundville, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Willie Williams describes the work he did while growing up in rural Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Willie Williams talks about his family's life in Moundville, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Willie Williams talks about his favorite pastimes while growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Willie Williams describes his experience in school in Moundville, Alabama, where his teachers encouraged to go college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Willie Williams talks about his brother, Willis William's career, and being the first of his siblings to attend college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Willie Williams discusses the influence of his school principal and teachers in his decision to attend college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Willie Williams recalls the civil right activities of the 1960s in Moundville, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Willie Williams talks about segregation in Moundville, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Willie Williams describes his experience at Stillman College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Willie Williams describes his work at Olympia Mills, a textile manufacturing company, and how he met his future wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Willie Williams talks about enrolling in the U.S. Marines' Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) program at Stillman College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Willie Williams talks about being honored by the University of Alabama, and the U.S. Army ROTC program at Stillman College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Willie Williams talks about the people who supported him at Stillman College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Willie Williams talks about the U.S. Marine Corps, and his experience in the Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Willie Williams describes his decision to join the U.S. Marines
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Willie Williams talks about joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 1974, and his assignment to the Vietnamese refugee camp at Camp Pendleton, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Willie Williams talks about his decision to stay in the U.S. Marines and the people who influenced him
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Willie Williams talks about his assignment to Iwakuni, Japan with the U.S. Marines in the late 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Willie Williams describes the role and structure of the U.S. Marines
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Willie Williams describes his experience being stationed in Japan with the 3rd Force Service Support Group of the U.S. Marines
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Willie Williams describes his service at Marine Barracks, North Island in San Diego, from 1978 to 1982
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Willie Williams talks about his role as Platoon Commander at Officer Candidate School and being selected to the Amphibious Warfare School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Willie Williams talks about mountain warfare training, and his assignment as assistant division supply officer at the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Willie Williams talks about his involvement in Operation Earnest Will in the Persian Gulf
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Willie Williams talks about attending the Armed Forces Staff College in the late 1980s and early 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Willie Williams talks about his service with the Department of Defense Inspector General's Office
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Willie Williams talks about the Industrial College of the Armed Forces
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Willie Williams talks about his assignment as commander of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Okinawa, Japan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Willie Williams talks about experiencing racism in the U.S. Marine Corps, and the close-knit environment of the Marine Corps
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Willie Williams talks about the role of Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) and his service with the 31st MEU in Okinawa, Japan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Willie Williams talks about visiting China with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Russia with the Industrial College of the Armed Forces
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Willie Williams describes his assignment as Commanding Officer of Brigade Service Support Group
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Willie Williams talks about the reception of his team in Kenya
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Willie Williams discusses Black Hawn Down in Mogadishu, Somalia and the United Stated Africa Command (AFRICOM)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Willie Williams discusses his assignment as the commanding general of the 3rd Force Service Support Group from 2001 to 2003
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Willie Williams recalls the 9/11 terrorist attacks
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Willie Williams talks upon the U.S. Marines' efforts in the Pacific in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Willie Williams reflects upon the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Willie Williams talks about the chain of command in the U.S. armed forces
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Willie Williams talks about his assignment as Commander of Marine Corps Logistics Command in Albany, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Willie Williams describes his position as Director of Marine Corps Staff
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Willie Williams talks about the social issues in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Willie Williams talks about the programs in the U.S. Marine Corps that help Marines achieve a balance in life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Willie Williams talks about serving as a component commander at President Barack Obama's inauguration parade
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Willie Williams talks about the legacy of the Montford Point Marines
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Willie Williams talks about the work of the Montford Point Marine Association in honoring the Montford Point Marines, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Willie Williams talks about the work of the Montford Point Marine Association in honoring the Montford Point Marines
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Willie Williams talks about Sergeant Major Gilbert "Hashmark" Johnson, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Willie Williams talks about Sergeant Major Gilbert "Hashmark" Johnson, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Willie Williams talks about blacks and the U.S. Marines
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Willie Williams reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Willie Williams talks about his life and his wife and daughter
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Willie Williams talks about his retirement plans
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Willie Williams describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Willie Williams describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Willie Williams talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Willie Williams talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Willie Williams describes his photographs