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William Lindhout
War: World War II (Apr 1943 to Oct 1945)
Branch: United States Navy
Unit: VT82 Torpedo Squadron
Highest Rank: Radioman 2nd Class
Birth Year: September 22, 1924
Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan


William Lindhout was drafted after one year at Michigan State University. He received his basic and specialized training at Great Lakes IL, Millington TN, Hollywood FL, New Bedford MA, and Oceana, VR. He was then assigned to the VT 82 Torpedo Squadron. Lindhout had 33 missions as an aviation radioman (which included gunner and photography duties. His missions included support of several Pacific island landings, and participating in the first Navy strike on Tokyo.

Lindhout's medals include the Distinguished Flying Cross, five Air Medals, Pacific Theater, Atlantic Theater, and the Unit Citation. His DSC reads in part, "in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Honshu, Kyushu, Nanpa Shoto, and Nancei Shoto - Lindhout contributed materially to the success of his plane and to the inflictions of damage to enemy shipping, airfields, and installations. His courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States." This veterans' other Citations were equally complimentary regarding his courage and devotion to duty.

After leaving the Navy, Lindhout completed his studies in Architecture at the University of Michigan. His company has a very long list of buildings that they designed. Although semi-retired, he represents the third in a line of four generations of architects.