Legendary Special Forces operator and CIA operative William “Billy” Waugh passed away at the age of 93, leaving behind a decorated career spanning over 50 years.
William “Billy” Waugh, a legendary figure in the Special Forces community, passed away at the age of 93. He served in the Korean, Vietnam, and Afghanistan wars and was a highly decorated operator, earning a Silver Star, four Bronze Stars, eight Purple Hearts, and numerous other awards. Waugh was known for his daring feats, including conducting the first HALO jump and leading a company of South Vietnamese soldiers on a raid where he was almost fatally wounded. He retired in 1972 and worked as a CIA operative in dozens of countries, including hunting Osama bin Laden in Tora Bora in 2001. Despite his fabled accolades, Waugh was also a lifelong supporter of the military communities that formed him.