William R. Ruth, 57, Army chief warrant officer A...

September 22, 2001

William R. Ruth, 57, Army chief warrant officer

A memorial service for William R. Ruth, an Army chief warrant officer who died in the Pentagon terrorist attack, will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Calvary United Methodist Church, 305 S. Main St., Mount Airy. He was 57 and lived in Mount Airy.

He was a helicopter pilot in the Marines during the Vietnam War. He retrieved the wounded and the dead on combat missions. A member of the Army Reserve, he was called up to serve in the Persian Gulf war.

On the evening of Sept. 10, the night before the terrorist attack, he led his first meeting as the newly installed commander of the Mount Airy Veterans of Foreign Wars. That night he awarded a Bronze Star to a post member.

An amateur astronomer and ham radio operator, he also fished on the Crowe River in Ontario, Canada, where he had a cottage.

Born in Knoxville, Tenn., he was a graduate of Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He had also studied at Ohio State University.

He taught social studies for nearly 30 years in the Montgomery County school system. He last taught at John T. Baker Middle School in Damascus. In 1997, he took the Army job at the Pentagon.

He is survived by a son, Sean Ruth of Mount Airy; his mother, Jane Ruth, his brother, David Ruth, and a sister, Martha Ruth, all of Alliance, Ohio. A son, Chad Ruth, died in 1999.

Memorial contributions may be made to the William Ruth Scholarship Fund, in care of the Mount Airy VFW, Mount Airy 21771.

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