Longtime Coronado resident Captain William (Bill) Carbine Green set out on eternal patrol on December 1st surrounded by family at his home in Coronado.
Born in San Diego, the third child of Lieutenant Commander Jack and Virginia Green he grew up as a Navy junior all over the United States as well as several years in Panama. After graduating from the University of Southern California’s NROTC program in 1952, Bill married Coronado girl Margaret (Marge) Ann Latham whose father owned the Coronado Pharmacy. He was immediately assigned to the Cruiser USS Helena where he engaged in gunfire support missions for the next two years in the Korean War.
Next came duty in various submarines engaged in Cold War Special Operations. His submarine duty culminated in command of the USS Tunny (APSS-282), which was specially configured to conduct unconventional warfare with UT and SEALs in Vietnam. In addition Bill was an intelligence sub-specialist who served in many intelligence assignments including assistant naval attaché in Moscow, USSR from 1969 to 1971 and as defense attaché in Rome, Italy from 1976 until 1979. During his career he received many decorations for valor and superlative performance. He and his wife Marge enjoyed the experience of globetrotting while raising their three sons all over the world.
After retiring from the Navy in 1983 Bill worked at Visa International in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was able to regularly visit and occasionally reside in Coronado during his career. He purchased a new construction home on Coronado Avenue after the Spanish Bight was filled in. In 1996, upon retiring, Bill and Marge returned to Coronado for good. He kept himself busy with a variety of activities, travel and family time. He was president of Coronado Roundtable for 10 years, a member of the Coronado Rotary and Coronado Navy League as well as the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He was a dedicated member of the Bohemian Club in the Bay Area where he found much fellowship. He was able to take several trips around the world including African Safaris and European Cruises.
The greatest impact he made in his life was as the head of his beloved family. His dedication as a husband, father, father-in-law, uncle and grandfather was the hallmark of his life. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Jack and his sister Jean, his wife Marge, his sister-in-law Jackie and his eldest son Craig. He is survived by his sons Lyman and Phil, his daughter-in-law Ann, his nieces Joan and Margot, his nephews Jack and Jamie and his grandchildren Clark, Julia, Alyssa and Nicole.
Full military honors will be rendered at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 7 at El Camino Cemetery off Sorrento Valley Road with a reception to follow at The Coronado Yacht Club at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the William Craig Green Memorial Scholarship Fund.
VOL. 112, NO. 50 - Dec. 14, 2022