Wiliam H. "Bill"'s Story
William H. Harvey, Sr., Major USAF (Ret), passed away October 2, 2016.
Bill was born in Gloucester and joined the military after graduating high school.
During WWII he was a member of the 450th Bomb Group AAF. During a high-altitude flight to Ploesti, he was wounded and bailed out in Italy. Being captured by the Germans he was a POW from April 25, 1944 to April 29, 1945. He spent most of his time at Stalag Luft III in Germany. He served with the 34th Bomb Group Sqd. as a bombardier/navigator during the Korean Conflict flying 52 missions destroying numerous freight trains. From 1953 to 1959 he was a navigator instructor in Harlingen, Texas. During his career he served in Goosebay, Labrador and Turkey.
Bill received his Master's degree in Business from the University Of Chicago. He achieved a Doctoral equivalent in Economics from the DOD Industrial College. During 22 years of military service, he received a Purple Heart, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Korean War Service Medal from the Republic of South Korea, as well as 11 other medals. Upon retiring from the Air Force he became an Associate Dean in the College of Communication at Boston University.
Bill and his wife, Jeannette Parady, were longtime residents of Largo, Fla. He passed away peacefully at his home at Brookdale Pinecrest Senior Living in Largo, Fla.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Jeannette Parady; and his son, Bill Jr., who was an Air Force helicopter pilot.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Cheryl (Bill) Olney; his grandsons, Greg Clark and David (Jennifer) Clark and his granddaughter, Jennifer Harvey. He has two great-grandchildren, Colemann and Savannah Clark.
Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.