Billy Waugh, who had an illustrious military and intelligence career spanning over five decades, was commemorated at MacDill Air Force Base by top military commanders. Waugh, who passed away in April, was known for his combat heroism in Vietnam, for which he earned a Silver Star and eight Purple Hearts, as well as his significant contributions to the CIA, including tracking international terrorists like Carlos the Jackal and Osama Bin Laden.
- Billy Waugh, who passed away in April, was honored at MacDill Air Force Base for his over fifty-year service in the military and intelligence community.
- In Vietnam, Waugh exhibited exceptional heroism in combat, particularly in the Bình Định province in 1965, which earned him a Silver Star and eight Purple Hearts.
- After his military service, Waugh joined the CIA, playing a crucial role in gathering intelligence leading to the arrest of Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, known as Carlos the Jackal.
- Waugh also started surveilling Osama Bin Laden in early 1992, using creative methods to track the individuals he was assigned to follow.
- Even after the September 11 terrorist attacks, at 72 years old, Waugh persisted to serve in Afghanistan, supporting young Special Forces operators on the front line.