William A. Weber has been a tour guide at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Education Center since 1998.
A lifelong resident of Little Ferry, New Jersey, Bill graduated from Ridgefield Park High School in 1965 and became an apprentice plumber with Plumber’s Local #326 in Hackensack, NJ. He joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1966 serving with the Navy’s construction force, the Seabees. In Vietnam he was wounded in action at the Khe Sanh Combat Base during a rocket attack, earning a Purple Heart Medal. After a brief return to the United States Bill returned to Vietnam during the “Tet Offensive” of 1968.
Upon his return to civilian life Bill continued in the construction industry becoming a general foreman with a well know mechanical contractor. During this time Bill joined the VFW, became a volunteer firefighter, married his wife Susan, and won an election to the Borough Council in 1976, serving three terms.
During the tough economic times of the seventies Bill changed occupations, becoming a Police Officer with the Bergen County Police Department retiring after thirty years of service in January of 2009. He served in many special areas of the department including the patrol division, traffic safety unit, hazardous materials response unit, bomb squad, and youth services unit, and serving as a school resource officer in the Bergen County Technical and Special Services School District.
Bill has served as Commander of VFW Post 809, Commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter #15, Chaplain of Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter #522, and President of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #800. He is also a member of American Legion Post #310 and Seabee Veterans of America Island X-1 NJ and member of the Advisory Council at the N.J. Veterans Memorial Home at Paramus.