William D. Guinn, Jr. (’52)

Category: Army ROTC Alumni Council Hall of Fame | Communities

Colonel (RET) William D. Guinn, Jr., graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1952 and was commissioned as a 2LT in the Infantry Corps.

COL Guinn served in positions of increasing responsibility during the Cold War and the Vietnam era. He was selected over many other qualified officers to command one of two Long Range Reconnaissance and Patrol (LRRP) companies while assigned to US Army Europe. COL Guinn served in Vietnam as a Province Advisor and then as Battalion Commander, 1/20th Infantry Regiment, AMERICAL Division. His culminating assignment was as Professor of Military Science, Army ROTC Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Following retirement, COL Guinn ran a cattle ranch and the Oak Tree Bed and Breakfast near Greeneville, Tennessee. His community involvement included serving as Chairmen of the Tennessee Council of Trout Unlimited, an entity dedicated to environmental work and education efforts.

COL Guinn is retired and resides with his wife, Marie, in Knoxville, Tennessee.