Otto Will Commanding Officer
May 30, 1931 - March 28, 2016
COMMANDER OTTO W. WILL, III,
on 30 May 1931, the son of Otto W. WILL, Jr. and the late Mrs. WILL, Commander WILL is a native of Metuchen, New Jersey.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned in June 1953.
USS HUNT (DD-674) was Commander WILL's first ship, on which he was First Lieutenant. After two years, he was ordered
to USS RUFF (MSC-(0)-54) as Executive Officer, serving there 1955-1957. Following six months at U.S. Naval CIC School in Glynco,
Georgia, Commander WILL reported aboard USS MACON (CA132) where he served as CIC Officer. Rotating ashore in 1959, Commander
WILL reported to the U.S. Naval Academy where he served three years as a naval operations and naval operations drill
instructor in the Command Department. Commander WILL's next sea tour took him in 1962 to the Staff of Commander Destroyer
Squadron TWENTY-EIGHT where he served as Chief Staff Officer and Operations Officer, then to USS FURSE (DO-882) in 1964 for
duty as Executive Officer. In 1965 Commander, WILL reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel where he was Head of Schools
Placement Section. Two years later he departed Washington for the Naval War College in Newport to attend the School of Naval
Command and Staff. Returning to sea duty in mid-1968, Commander WILL served as Executive Officer, USS BELKNAP (DLG-26) until
he took command of USS NEW on 2 February 1970.Captain Will served as Commanding Officer of USS CONCORD AFS-5 from 1977-1979.
Service medals awarded Commander WILL include China, National Defense with one star, Korean,
Armed Forces Expeditionary, Vietnam and United Nations.
Commander WILL and his wife, the former Shelby Everett of Orefield, Pennsylvania, with their three children make
their home in Virginia Beach, Virginia.