Toy, William

Public Information

Name

Toy, William

Class

2002

Biography

(1921-2008) Born in Casa Grande, Arizona, in 1921. Commits his energies to the principles instilled by his Chinese immigrant parents: duty, hard work, and loyalty to America. Enlisted in the Arizona National Guard in 1938, served two tours in U.S. Army during WWII, retired as Lieutenant Colonel. Encouraged and influenced many young people to achieve successful military and civilian careers as an Assistant Professor of Military Science in five Phoenix high school JROTC programs. Life member of American Legion, NAUS, DAV, and Arizona Bushmasters 158th Regimental Combat Team. As Commander of American Legion Post 50, initiated the practice of placing flags on the graves of veterans in nonmilitary cemeteries and at sites of cremains honoring veterans. Served as President of The Retired Officers Association, Arizona Chapter 1, and received the Meritorious Service Medal award in 2001. Member of the Scottsdale Transportation Committee and serves as an Elder of the Valley Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale.