William Weldon graduated in 1966 from Flagstaff High School and immediately joined the U.S. Army. As a United States Army Paratrooper, he deployed to the Republic of Viet Nam in 1967/68 with the 101st Airborne Division and had a second tour in 1968/69 with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He was wounded in October 1967 and was awarded a Purple Heart. Patriot Weldon is also the recipient of two Bronze Stars and an Army Commendation Medal.
After returning to civilian life in Flagstaff, he worked for Pepsi for the next 23 years, as well as the Museum Club following Eagle Mountain Construction.
Even though he has retired nine years ago, he has been working harder than ever for our nations Veterans.
He joined the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 2004 in Flagstaff, Arizona and held the rank of Commander for six years. The Chapter was named after Weldon’s good friend who was killed in Vietnam in 1969. He was Department Senior Vice Commander before becoming Department Commander for Arizona in 2013. Patriot Weldon is also very active within the American Legion and VFW.
Weldon conceived and coordinated the building of the “Purple Heart Memorial Truck” that honors 54 Fallen Veterans from Flagstaff, Arizona. As a Department Commander, he coordinated a successful initiative to have every County in Arizona, by Proclamation, become a “Purple Heart County”. Thanks to his tireless efforts the Governor of Arizona officially proclaimed Arizona a “Purple Heart State”.
Weldon was also selected as the 2014 Arizona Daily Sun Male Citizen of the Year to recognize his unique contributions to the citizens of Flagstaff.
Weldon was inducted into the “Arizona Veterans Hall Of Fame” in 2015.