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William Edward Krilling

February 24, 1927 - February 22, 2014
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MSGT (Ret.) William E. ("Bill") Krilling died on February 22, 2014 at a hospice in Columbus, GA. "Bill" Krilling was born February 24, 1927 in Marquette, Michigan, to the late William and Gertrud Lena Krilling. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service with Full Military Honors will be held at Fort Benning's Park Range, Saturday, March 29th 4:00-6:00 p.m.. A private committal service will be held Monday, March 31, 2014 at Main Post Cemetery, Ft Bernning, GA. Along with his parents Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife Ottlie Maureen Krilling of Columbus, GA. He is survived by his daughter; Kathleen Nickerson of Midland, GA, and...
MSGT (Ret.) William E. ("Bill") Krilling died on February 22, 2014 at a hospice in Columbus, GA.

"Bill" Krilling was born February 24, 1927 in Marquette, Michigan, to the late William and Gertrud Lena Krilling.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service with Full Military Honors will be held at Fort Benning's Park Range, Saturday, March 29th 4:00-6:00 p.m.. A private committal service will be held Monday, March 31, 2014 at Main Post Cemetery, Ft Bernning, GA.

Along with his parents Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife Ottlie Maureen Krilling of Columbus, GA. He is survived by his daughter; Kathleen Nickerson of Midland, GA, and granddaughter; Lauren Nickerson of Midland, GA.

William E. ("Bill") Krilling joined the Army in 1946. He served in various communications positions
until 1949 when he started shooting with the post team at Fort Belvoir, VA. In 1950, Bill participated in
the nuclear detonation tests at Einwetok Atoll in the Pacific. During the Korean Conflict, Bill served
as an infantry company First Sergeant. He was one of the youngest Master Sergeants to serve on
active duty. Bill was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry in the Korean War saving
three fellow soldiers who were badly wounded and carrying each one to safety although he was wounded
himself. Between the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam, Bill continued his shooting earning many
accolades such as the Distinguished Rifleman Badge, CISM Champion, and team member of the
winning National Trophy Team Match. Following his service in Vietnam, Bill again returned to the
United States Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) serving as a shooter, instructor, and coach.
During his shooting career, Bill won six national championship titles. He was the first person to
shoot a perfect 3,200 on the NRA outdoor prone course of fire. He won four gold medals, one
silver medal and two bronze medals in international competitions. He was also a member of two
world record setting teams. He retired in 1971 at the rank of Master Sergeant. Bill rejoined the
USAMU in May 1973 as the coach of the International Rifle Team. He also served as the U.S.
National Team coach from 1981 to 1986 and has also served in several different capacities for
both the U.S.Team and the International Shooting Sport Federation. Bill was named the U.S.
Olympic Committee 1998 National Shooting Coach Of The Year. Bill has served on numerous
ISSF juries for world-level competitions including the juries for five Olympic Games. Bill was
inducted into the AMU Hall Of Fame in 1998. Between May 1973 to March 2001 he coached
his team to 105 CISM medals, 172 CAT medals, 84 Pan American medals, 185 World Cup medals,
and 4 Olympic Medals, a grand total of 550 medals won in international competition. On October 21,
2006, the Krilling Shooting Range at Fort Benning, GA was dedicated in honor of MSGT William E.
"Bill" Krilling who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

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