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William Willard McMillan (January 29, 1929 – June 10, 2000) was a world-class American sports shooter.

William McMillan
William W. McMillan, Jr. and James E. Hill after Olympics Wins, 1960.jpg
McMillan (left) and James Enoch Hill (right) are commended by David M. Shoup, Commandant of the Marine Corps. McMillan holds the pistol he used at the 1960 Olympics.
Personal information
Born(1929-01-29)January 29, 1929
Frostburg, Maryland, United States
DiedJune 10, 2000(2000-06-10) (aged 71)
Encinitas, California, United States
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight91 kg (201 lb)
ClubUS Marine Corps



McMillan attended Turtle Creek High School in Pennsylvania.[1]

Sport shootingEdit

Thomas A. Wornham (MCRD San Diego) decorating William W. McMillan with Elgin Wrist Watches for National Rifle and Pistol Matches 1957.

Between 1952 and 1976 he competed in the 25 m rapid fire pistol event in six Olympics, missing only the 1956 Games due to malfunctioning of his weapon during the US trials. He won a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and competed at five other Olympic Games.[2]

McMillan won one world, five Pan American and four national titles in the rapid fire pistol and free pistol events, as well as several silver medals at all these competitions, the last two aged 50.[2] In his career, he set two world shooting records.

In 1994, USA Shooting inducted him into the USA Shooting Hall of Fame.

Military serviceEdit

William Willard McMillan
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service1946-1974
Rank  Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/warsKorean War
Vietnam War
Other workDeputy Sheriff

McMillan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1946. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1953 and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1974. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.[citation needed]

From 1974–1981, he worked as a Weapons Training Coordinator at San Diego County, California.[2] where he was injured in a shooting accident at the old Camp Elliot range.

In 1978, the Marine Corps established the McMillan Trophy for shooting in his honor.

Military AwardsEdit

  • Distinguished Pistol Shot, June 16, 1950
  • Distinghuished Marksman, June 3, 1954
  • Distinghuished International Shooter, May 23, 1963

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Area Marine Aims For Olympics". Matthew S. McMillan. Retrieved February 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Bill McMillan.
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