Bill "Mr. Bill" Wetmore (Assistant Director/Texas Organizer)
Hello. My name is Bill "Mr. Bill" Wetmore. I live in Fort Worth, TX. I am originally from Champaign, Illinois and I am retired Navy. I went in when I was 17, my dad had to sign for me back then. Served in the Sea Bees from 1973 to 1976, during the Viet Nam war. I was just lucky enough not to have to go in country. Got out 2 years, then went back in and made a career out of the Navy. My tour of duties saw; Iwakuni, Japan, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, Diego Garcia, Millington, Tennessee, Milton, Florida, and Dallas TX. I am currently working on my life membership with the American Legion, Post 297, Benbrook, TX. I am Sergeant-at-Arms for the Post, the Assistant Director for the American Legion Riders, a member of the S.A.L., and a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. I currently ride a 2003 FLHTC Electra Glide Classic. I am on my second marriage and have been so for 16 years. My current wife is the 1st Vice President of the Auxiliary for our Post and works hard at keeping me out of trouble.
I was involved with the inaugural ride that we did 2 years ago. George "Tank" asked me to write an article for the newspaper for him and that turned into the magazine article as well. He has asked me to write something for this year so I will try to live up to his expectations. My wife and I have made both of the previous rides and are proud and honored to do so. I can't say enough good about George and crew for all of the hard work that has been put into this. Along with that is an equally heart felt gratitude to those across the pond who got this started. In this day and age when it seems like the United States is the world's punching bag, no matter how much aide we pour out, we are truly blessed to have the U.K. as one of our staunchest allies. I only wish I had words to adequately express the deep feelings of honor that we have felt over those in England riding to Cambridge to honor our fallen and missing! We have been, and will continue to be, brothers in arms and in peace.
Why do we ride? To honor and remember those who paid the price for our freedoms that we enjoy. That is a huge dept to repay. Let us remember and honor our military for the job that they do.