William J. Ecker was a United States Coast Guard rear admiral.
Early life and education
Ecker was a native of Brooklyn. He died on September 1, 2011 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Ecker graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1960. He served aboard the USCGC Westwind, the USCGC Winnebago and the USCGC Resolute. During the Vietnam War, he served aboard the USCGC Mellon. His first flag assignment was as Commander, Second Coast Guard District in Saint Louis, Missouri. Ecker later served as Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District headquartered at Portsmouth, Virginia.
Awards Ecker received during his career include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal.