William Franklin Rose

Updated: April 6, 2006


During the fall of 1958 I enrolled at West Virginia University but left Morgantown after a year and a half when I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. I arrived at Parris Island, South Carolina on the first day of September 1960. I made it through boot camp and Advanced Infantry Training at Camp Geiger, North Carolina. Next up was helicopter mechanics training school at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Millington, Tennessee (near Memphis). All of this happened during the time the world had not erupted into the chaos of Vietnam.

Upon completion of my technical training, I was stationed at the Quantico Marine Corps Air Station in Virginia. I was assigned to the Presidential Helicopter Detachment. When we were not carrying politicians and military brass from place to place, we played war games with candidates in the officer-training program also at Quantico. Actually, the duty there was almost like a nine to five job. The worst part was having to work on the helicopters in dress uniform when we were transporting the President. I completed my military obligation in June 1964 with the rank of corporal (pay grade E-4). During my service I did not spend any time out of country. My White House security clearance prohibited me from leaving the country until 18 months after I left the Presidential Detachment.

In July 1961, I married classmate Pat Costelli after she graduated from nursing school. The marriage lasted 18 years, producing three daughters and one son. I now have 11 grandchildren. Good Roman Catholics, huh?

I returned to college, graduating from West Virginia Tech in December 1967 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in Accounting. This turned out to be a pretty good choice. Everybody in business needs accountants to maintain their business records and tax filings. Even those not in business need an accountant for income tax preparation. Lots of opportunities. My last full time job was as Chief Financial Officer at Pinecrest Hospital in Beckley. My employer was the State of West Virginia.

I retired from Pinecrest in 2003 and set out for South Carolina, pausing for an extended stay in Lynchburg, Virginia on a business matter. Eventually I settled here in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina where I intend to remain.

I thought I was retired. When I got tired of sitting around I went back to work helping a young contractor. This venture started as a three hours per day three days per week. The job has expanded to nearly full time employment so I had a talk with the contractor and we decided to hire an assistant for me to do lower level tasks which is supposed to allow me to return to the three hours per day, three days per week routine. Actually, getting active again has been good for me. Eliminated idleness.

I turned 66 years old on October 15, 2006. Where did all the time go? Seems like it was just last week we were lying about our age to get into the poolroom in Beckley.

– Bill