Commendations & awards during the Apollo program:

 Two Outstanding Performance Awards for conducting 500 and 1,000 hours of class-front instruction.  The 1000 Hour Award was presented by Astronaut Walter Schirra, Jr.

Two Astronaut Personal Achievement Awards with presentations by Neil Armstrong and Walter Cunningham of their sterling silver Snoopy lapel pins, and

 A personal letter of thanks from astronaut Jim Lovell after the Apollo 8 mission to the moon in December 1968 with Frank Borman and William Anders.

Sequential Systems

After serving in the U. S. Army Air Force at the end of World War II, Willard "Will" attended and graduated from the Northrop Institute of Technology, Inglewood, CA. For 11 years before joining North American Aviation, he worked as a mechanic-electrician on Air Force bombers for the Grand Central Aircraft Co., Tucson, AZ.; on F-89 Scorpion Interceptor-Fighter aircraft at Northrop Aircraft, Hawthorne, CA.; and on various aircraft from Cessnas to airliners to jet executive aircraft for the AiResearch Aviation Service Co. at the Los Angeles International Airport. 

He joined North American Aviation’s Autonetics Division, Anaheim, CA. in June 1962 to instruct Air Force civil service technicians on the maintenance of the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile’s (ICBM) inertial navigation and guidance system components. 

In October 1963 he transferred to North American’s Space and Information Systems Div. in Downey, CA., to train astronauts, flight controllers, NASA and various contractor engineers and technicians on the Apollo spacecraft’s Sequential Systems. The Sequential Systems was comprised of a number of sequencers in the Command and Service Modules which would automatically sequence events that had to occur to rescue the astronauts in case of mission aborts. With the manual backup switches on the instrument panels, the astronauts could manually initiate many normal mission events utilizing the same sequencer circuits. The Sequential Systems interfaced with nearly all other Apollo systems.

Will has retired and residing in the southern California area.

Willard "Will" A Waddell Biography

Brief Biography

After serving in the U. S. Army Air Force at the end of World War II, Willard "Will" attended and graduated from the Northrop Institute of Technology, Inglewood, CA. For 11 years before joining North American Aviation, he worked as a mechanic-electrician on Air Force bombers for the Grand Central Aircraft Co., Tucson, AZ.; on F-89 Scorpion Interceptor-Fighter aircraft at Northrop Aircraft, Hawthorne, CA.; and on various aircraft from Cessnas to airliners to jet executive aircraft for the AiResearch Aviation Service Co. at the Los Angeles International Airport. 

He joined North American Aviation’s Autonetics Division, Anaheim, CA. in June 1962 to instruct Air Force civil service technicians on the maintenance of the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile’s (ICBM) inertial navigation and guidance system components. 

In October 1963 he transferred to North American’s Space and Information Systems Div. in Downey, CA., to train astronauts, flight controllers, NASA and various contractor engineers and technicians on the Apollo spacecraft’s Sequential Systems. The Sequential Systems was comprised of a number of sequencers in the Command and Service Modules which would automatically sequence events that had to occur to rescue the astronauts in case of mission aborts. With the manual backup switches on the instrument panels, the astronauts could manually initiate many normal mission events utilizing the same sequencer circuits. The Sequential Systems interfaced with nearly all other Apollo systems.

Will has retired and residing in the southern California area.