William A. "Bill" Wraith

20 October 1938 - 15 November 2008

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1969 Cruisebook photo

  Arne Bruflat enjoys the food while others enjoy the sun during the 1969 cruise.   L-R: Arne, Ken Burns, Hi Bronson, Rudy Cartwright (hidden behind Hi), Bill , Jim Rooney, Roger Wharton and Bruce Casey  
     My name is Bill Wraith. I happened to come across a picture of my Dad (I was named after him) from 1969. It was on the raunchyredskins home web page. I was thrilled to see it. I don't think I've ever seen it before.
     Unfortunately, my father passed away in 2008 from a lung condition, but he spoke highly of the Navy personnel he was fortunate to serve with. Please let me know if you have any other information related to my father or your group.
     Thanks for the nice memory of my father. You've made my day.
     /s/ Bill Wraith
     I'm writing on behalf of my father, Bill Wraith.  My brother came across his photo on your website.  If you have any other photos or stories to pass on, we'd love to see or hear them. 
     Unfortunately, dad passed away in 2008.  He was, in my biased opinion, a great man.  He and his wife Josephine had 3 children and raised us in San Diego.  After the Navy, Dad became a stock broker and worked for Merrill Lynch and Paine Webber.  He spoke fondly of his Navy experience.  He was an avid golfer and devoted family man.  Dad developed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which is usually fatal within a few years of diagnosis.  Mom is still alive and lives in San Diego, as do two of his sons.
     I was also a Navy Officer (pork chop - '96-'01), influenced by Dad.  His legacy lives on with his family and 3 boys who are currently employed as a marine biologist, lawyer, and partner for an accounting firm. 
     Hope this finds you well.  Thanks for posting that photo!
     /s/James Wraith

Bill is buried in the Dearborn Memorial Park, Poway, CA