William “Billy” “Bill” A. Whittaker was born in Sanford, Maine, in 1946. At the age of seventeen, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he completed his GED and focused on mechanics, truck driving, and baking. He received his basic training from Fort Dix, New Jersey. Bill was later stationed at Hunter-Liggett experimental grounds in California. In late 1966, he married his longtime girlfriend, Sharon H. Hall. By 1967, Bill was stationed in West Germany throughout the Vietnam War. Sharon later joined him with their daughter Bonnie Whittaker. Together the couple had another daughter Tawnya Whittaker. Upon returning home, Bill and his family moved to their new station at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, where he currently resides. Sometime in the 1970s, Bill and Sharon divorced, and he remarried on June 8, 1979, to Sharon A. Chase.
Harry R. Whittaker is the youngest member of the Whittaker family. He was born on January 14, 1949. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1966 and completed his basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He later trained at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and focused on helicopter piloting and communication. In 1967, Harry was deployed to Vietnam. Before he left, he married his girlfriend, Carol. They later had a son named Bobbie. After completing his tour in Vietnam, he was transferred to Fort Hood. Harry currently lives in Killeen, Texas, with his second wife, Laura.
William and Harry’s parents are John Whittaker and Barbara Theo Whittaker nee Shepard. John worked as a loom fixer at the former Goodall Sanford textile mills, until they closed in 1955. He also worked as a shipping department carpenter at Wasco Products, then at American Cyanamid Co. Barbara worked as a librarian for the Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library. Together they had five children: William, Norman, Sandra, John R., and Harry. John passed on January 19, 1985, followed years later by Barbara on February 19, 2013.
Norman Whittaker married his wife Linda A. Pillsbury in 1964. He passed away May 7, 1971. Sandra Dwyer nee Whittaker was born on June 13, 1944; she studied and worked as a seamstress and a nurse. She married David L. Dwyer and moved from Sanford, Maine, to Derry, New Hampshire. They had four children: Diane, Deborah, Douglas, and Chad. Sandra died on August 2, 2009 in Chester, NH. John R. Whittaker currently resides in the Whittaker Family home in Sanford, Maine. He married Elizabeth M. Farrin on April 10, 1982.
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