Decorated Army Special Forces soldier and CIA operative William “Billy” Waugh passed away at 93 after an impressive career that included serving in Korea and Vietnam, tracking down Usama bin Laden and “Carlos the Jackal” for the CIA, and becoming one of the first CIA members to enter Afghanistan in 2001.
William “Billy” Waugh, a decorated Army Special Forces soldier and CIA operative, passed away at the age of 93. Born in Texas in 1929, Waugh joined the Army in 1948, attended Airborne School, and was sent to Korea. He transferred to Special Forces and deployed to Vietnam twice, where he served with Military Assistance Command Vietnam-Studies and Observation Group. After retiring from the Army as a Sgt. Maj., Waugh began working for the CIA in 1977 and spent the 1980s and 1990s tracking down Usama bin Laden and “Carlos the Jackal.” In 2001, Waugh became one of the first CIA members to enter Afghanistan, working alongside special operations personnel to hunt for bin Laden.