In Loving memory of Wiliam A. Silva
10/24/1945 – 10/10/2017
William A. (‘Bill’) Silva CDR NAVY (RET.)
William A. (‘Bill’) Silva, age 72, left this world to be with his Creator on October 10, 2017.
He was born in San Francisco, California, on October 24, 1945. He passed away in his home in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 72.
While Bill was on earth, he lived an extraordinary life. He joined the Navy in 1963 and became a Corpsman. He was attached to the USMC and later attended BUDS and became a Navy SEAL in 1967. He served several tours in Vietnam with SEAL Team One and Under Water Demolition Teams (UDT) 11 and 13. He was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1975 and served within the Naval Special Warfare Community. He went on to become a Plans/Operations and Medical Intelligence (POMI) specialist for the Navy Medical Department. In his role as a POMI, Silva served as a War Planner in support of Combatant Commander (geographical commanders). He also served two tours with the Joint Chiefs of Staff (OJCS), two tours with the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV), and numerous assignments with the U.S. Atlantic Command. He served for the U.S. Central Command, Commander, Middle East Forces and various other assignments through our his Naval career. Silva retired as a highly decorated Commander in the NAVY Medical Service Corps in 1997, in Virginia Beach, VA.
After his ‘retirement’, he moved to San Antonio and worked as a Government Contractor for many years.
William Silva loved education. He was an avid learner and enjoyed educating others. He continued to study new concepts throughout his entire life.
He also loved animals and was a passionate supporter of the Greyhound Association of San Antonio. His home was always open and welcome to any greyhound in need of love.
CDR Silva was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Ruth Silva and his sons Robert and David. He is survived in death by his dear friends, his honorary grandchildren, the NAVY/SEAL community, the many lives that he saved, and a grateful nation.