William McMillan (sport shooter)

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William McMillan
William W. McMillan, Jr. and James E. Hill after Olympics Wins, 1960.jpg
McMillan (left) and James Enoch Hill (right) are commended by David M. Shoup, Commandant of the Marine Corps. McMillan holds the pistol he used at the 1960 Olympics.
Personal information
Born (1929-01-29)January 29, 1929
Frostburg, Maryland, United States
Died June 6, 2000(2000-06-06) (aged 71)
Encinitas, California, United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 91 kg (201 lb)
Sport Shooting
Club US Marine Corps

William Willard McMillan (January 29, 1929 – June 6, 2000) was a world-class American sports shooter.


McMillan attended Turtle Creek High School in Pennsylvania.[1]

Sport shooting[edit]

Thomas A. Wornham (MCRD San Diego) decorating William W. McMillan with Elgin Wrist Watches for National Rifle and Pistol Matches 1957.

Between 1952 and 1976 he competed in the 25 m rapid fire pistol event in six Olympics, missing only the 1956 Games due to malfunctioning of his weapon during the US trials. He won a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and competed at five other Olympic Games.[2]

McMillan won one world, five Pan American and four national titles in the rapid fire pistol and free pistol events, as well as several silver medals at all these competitions, the last two aged 50.[2] In his career, he set two world shooting records.

In 1994, USA Shooting inducted him into the USA Shooting Hall of Fame.

Military service[edit]

William Willard McMillan
Nickname(s) "Bill"
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1946-1974
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars Korean War
Vietnam War
Other work Deputy Sheriff

McMillan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1946. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1953 and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1974. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

From 1974–1981, he worked as a Weapons Training Coordinator at San Diego County, California.[2] where he was injured in a shooting accident at the old Camp Elliot range.

In 1978, the Marine Corps established the McMillan Trophy for shooting in his honor.

Military Awards[edit]

Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Silver star
  • Distinguished Pistol Shot, June 16, 1950
  • Distinghuished Marksman, June 3, 1954
  • Distinghuished International Shooter, May 23, 1963

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Area Marine Aims For Olympics". Matthew S. McMillan. Retrieved February 2016.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Bill McMillan. Sports-Reference.com
  3. ^ http://www.wwmcmillan.info/usmc_GenInfo.html