A native of San Diego, Bill Green graduated from the University of Southern California’s NROTC program in 1952 and was immediately assigned to the cruiser USS Helena in Korean waters. Subsequent assignments followed in various submarines, culminating in command of the USS TUNNY (APSS-282), which was specially configured to conduct unconventional warfare in Vietnam. While in command, he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V and two Navy Commendation Medals with Combat V. Also, Green, an intelligence sub-specialist, served in many intelligence assignments including: assistant naval attaché in Moscow, USSR from 1969 until 1971, defense attaché in Rome, Italy, from 1976 until 1979 and was an analyst at the National Security Agency.
Along the way he served as the chief of staff and commander of the Pacific SOSUS system and commanded the Naval Investigative Office, San Francisco that was responsible for Navy criminal and counter-espionage investigations in the eight western states. Green retired in 1983 after 31 years active duty.
After retirement Green joined Visa International where he assisted in the establishment of Visa’s security department and implementation of initiatives to improve the security of the plastic card, application of data mining techniques to determine suspicious activity as well as setting-up worldwide Visa security offices. In 1996 Green retired from Visa as a Vice President responsible for worldwide procurement and contracting.
Green earned a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
In retirement, Green returned to Coronado where he has been active as President, Coronado Roundtable and several other civic activities. Green continues an active interest in international political-military affairs, especially with regards to Russia and the former USSR breakaway provinces.