(Carson City, NV) – The Nevada Department of Veterans
Services and Governor Brian Sandoval are pleased to announce highly
decorated U.S. Army veteran William (Bill) Knapp received the
"Veteran of the Month" award and recognition on Thursday, April 20,
2017 inside the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas, NV.
The special ceremony for the 94-year-old WWII veteran recognizes
Knapp's continuing contributions to fellow veterans and community.
Governor Brian Sandoval said, "Bill Knapp's commitment to serve is
demonstrated in his both his time in the military and his life as a
civilian." The Governor added, "Even at the young age of 94, Bill
still continues serve his community and others."
Knapp is a member of the Southern Nevada Patriot Guard Riders whose
members ensure a veteran who has passed away, will never have to
take that "final walk" alone. They are present during "Ceremonies
for the Unaccompanied," at the Southern Nevada State Veterans
Cemetery in Boulder City, NV. At the age of 94, Knapp accepts the
American Flag on behalf of WWII veterans during those Thursday
ceremonies. Knapp also remembers his fellow WWII veteran friends who
have passed away by placing a flag every week on their graves.
In 2015, Knapp was awarded the French Legion of Honor. He served in
WWII in the 82nd Airborne Division, 508th
Parachute Infantry Reg. from 1942-1946. For his service he received
several other honors including; the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal,
and a Battlefield Commission.
Knapp is also a member of the American Legion and is a current
member of Post 76. He attends church every Sunday and remains
committed to helping others. In his younger years, Knapp was a very
active member of the Shriners International "precision motorcycle
club." He retired his bike at the age of 74.
The "Veteran of the Month" and "Veteran Supporter of the
Month" awards are provided through the Nevada Department of
Veterans Services. The awards are part of the Governor's commitment
to make Nevada the "friendliest State in the nation" to its military
community and veterans.