First Lieutenant William Y. Doran was born and raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He participated in the Army ROTC program and was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from the University of New Hampshire in 1962. While at UNH, he played freshman lacrosse, served in the Student Senate, and was elected president of his class as a sophomore and remains in that position today.
After completing the Army’s Infantry Officers Basic Course at Ft. Benning, Georgia, in March of 1963, Lieutenant Doran qualified as a parachutist and subsequently as a rotary wing aviator at then, Camp Wolters, Texas. He was selected to attend the “Tiger Program” as one of two hundred and forty pilots trained in low level, nap of the earth navigation and gunnery at Camp Wolters and at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Assigned as a helicopter pilot to the 2nd Armored Division at Ft. Hood, Texas, he participated in a number of large scale Army exercises including “Air Assault Two,” the testing of the airmobile concept in 1964, which evolved into the 1st Air Calvary Division. Lieutenant Doran was then transferred to the 1st Infantry Division in early 1965. He deployed with the division’s aviation battalion to the Republic of Vietnam shortly thereafter. In Vietnam he was assigned to the 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion and served at Ban Me Thout and Pleiku, where he flew combat assault, re-supply, and medical evacuation missions. His decorations include the Air Medal and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Upon discharge from the Army, William Doran entered on duty as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau in March of 1966. He conducted primarily criminal investigations in Tennessee, Florida, and Wisconsin. In 1972, subsequent to the death of J. Edgar Hoover, he was selected to serve in the new and controversial unit known as The Office of Planning and Evaluation at FBI Headquarters. The mission of his office was to conduct an in-depth, overall review of the policies and procedures of the Bureau and to recommend and implement appropriate changes. As he rose in rank, William Doran served in many roles to include Personnel Officer of the FBI and Inspector, Deputy Assistant Director, of the Laboratory Division. For the last eight years of his career, he was the Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Investigations Division of the FBI’s New York Office. In the latter position, he was instrumental in the successful resolution of a number of high-profile investigations including the February 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and John Gotti/ Gambino Crime Family case.
In retirement, William Doran has operated his own security and investigative consulting business. He remains a supporter of the UNH ROTC Program and has devoted time and attention to the several reunions of the UNH Class of 1962, as well as raising money for various university projects.
For meritorious service to the United States Army, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the University of New Hampshire, First Lieutenant William Y. Doran is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.