William O'Kane (81) was born in East Syracuse, NY. He was employed by NY Central Railroad in Syracuse before he enlisted. He carried out his military service from August 1951 to August 1954. During his service period, O’Kane went to Sokchori, Korea and was stationed at 1st Marine Division from March 1952 to March 1953. He served in HQ 1st Battalion 11th Marines as a Private Sergeant before being discharged. He was a telephone lineman and a wireman. He received medals for Good Conduct and Meritious Promotion to CPL. After returning to the United States, O’Kane went to Camp Pendleton, NC and then cruised the Mediterranean. Afterwards, he returned to NY Central Railroad, and then went to X-Ray school once he was discharged from military service.