U.S. Navy Lt. William “Bill” Reynolds Ring, son of retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Stanhope Cotton Ring, was born in Coronado in September 1935. After attending Coronado High School, he graduated from high school in Naples, Italy.
Ring attended the Sullivan Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., and from there was nominated to and then appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he graduated with the Class of 1958.
As a young Naval Officer, Ring was stationed in San Diego and lived back home in Coronado. He served on the destroyers USS Bausell (DD 845) and USS Buck (DD761), as well as the attack cargo ship USS Tulare (AKA112). Ring’s last active duty assignment was on the staff of Commander Destroyer Flotilla 5 that was home-ported at Pearl Harbor.
Ring was 30 years old and still on active duty in December 1965 when he died of acute leukemia at the Naval Hospital in San Diego. Although cut too short, Ring lived a life of excellence and served the Navy and his country with distinction.