Bill Angus was born in 1945 in Denver, Colorado. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on February 1, 1967, and completed the Marine Platoon Leader Class/OCS during the summer of 1967. He was commissioned a 2d Lt and went on active duty on June 7, 1968. Lt Angus completed The Basic School at MCB Quantico, Virginia, in December 1968, and then attended Naval Flight Officer School, receiving his NFO Wings in October 1969. He next completed A-6 Intruder Navigator/Bombardier training before serving with VMA(AW)-332 at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, from June 1970 to April 1971. His next assignment was with VMA(AW)-224 at MCAS Cherry Point from April to December 1971, and then deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) from December 1971 until he was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War on June 11, 1972. After spending 291 days in captivity, Capt Angus was released during Operation Homecoming on March 28, 1973. He was briefly hospitalized to recover from his injuries at Camp Pendleton, California, and then left active duty on January 5, 1974, remaining in the inactive reserve until January 29, 1979.
His Distinguished Flying Cross Citation reads:
For heroism while participating in aerial flight as a Naval Flight Officer of jet aircraft attached to Marine All Weather Attack Squadron Two Hundred Twenty-four embarked in USS CORAL SEA (CVA-43). On 11 June 1972, Captain Angus was lead bombardier/navigator of a major coordinated air wing strike against the thermal power plant at Nam Dinh, North Vietnam. Guiding the strike force to the target area with pinpoint precision, Captain Angus provided his pilot with timely, precise threat commentary as the aircraft was positioned for the attack. Disregarding intense antiaircraft artillery fire, he continued to provide his pilot with vital attack parameters that resulted in the ordnance impacting directly on target. As his aircraft initiated a recovery, it received a lethal hit from the intense enemy fire. Captain Angus' professional skill, courage, and selfless devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.