William Edward Alli has been on the Foundation’s Board of Directors since St. Patrick’s Day 2014. He is proud of the first 30 months when he walked the halls of Congress numerous times to lobby for legislation that would allow the building of the Wall of Remembrance. The result was Public Law 114-230 signed by President Obama on October 7, 2016. He hastens to acknowledge that credit is owed to the constant accompaniment of his wife (Frieda) and support from other Board members.
Bill is a US Marine combat veteran of the Korean War. He began in 1951 as a PFC machine-gun ammo carrier with the First Marine Division, fighting Chinese and North Korean forces. Before returning to the US in 1952, he had risen to Buck Sgt. and was supervising the Korean labor unit (KSC) that serviced his battalion. After the Marines, he joined the USAF Reserve and worked six years in air intelligence, going from Staff Sergeant to Second Lieutenant.
Using the G.I. Bill, he got an MA in economics and went on to work for the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the “War on Poverty” he was a manpower development planner.
Bill spent two challenging years in Pakistan as a US Foreign Service Officer with the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Later, Alli prepared a Basic Urdu and English Wordbook, (a basic dictionary and phrasebook) for use by Foreign Service employees assigned to Pakistan and India. This book was the first product of his avocation of linguist
He has come to admire historic reformers of language. These include Noah Webster, for American English; Kemal Atatürk, for Turkish; King Saejon, for Korean; and others. His favorite book is The Age of Reason by the American patriot Thomas Paine.
He spent his final years with USAID developing management controls to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. As a union steward for the American Federation of Government Employees he received the prestigious 1995 GEICO Public Service Award (for Substance Abuse and Treatment).
The Marine Corps Association favorably reviewed his 388-page Korean War memoir in their Leatherneck magazine (February 2019). They found it to be a “superbly written memoir of the Korean War . . . studded with previously unpublished Korean War photos . . . written in hopes that the ‘forgotten war’ would never be forgotten.” [Too Young for a Forgettable War: Second Edition (Amazon), 2012].