WILLIAM W. MCELRAVY SEARSPORT, MAINE - 1SG William W. McElravy USMC (ret), 72, died Sept. 22, 2008, in Bangor, Maine. He was born Dec. 22, 1935, in Washington, Pa., son of Henry and Mable (Freeman) McElravy. He was a career U.S. Marine who served two tours in Vietnam, his awards include two Navy Commendation Medals - one with V Device for Valor, the National Defense Service Medal and the USMC Combat Action Ribbon. After his career in the Marines, he received a degree in social service and worked at Bradbury Nursing Home in Belfast, Maine and Maine State Prison in Thomaston, Maine. He then worked at Belfast Laboratory. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and was well known in Searsport as "Striper Bill." William was predeceased by a brother, Henry Jr.; and sister, Mary Alice. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Iva G. McElravy; two children from his first marriage, SFC Shawn McElravy and wife Kanchita of Hawaii,Sharon McLain and husband David of Georgia; two brothers, John McElravy of Florida and Mac McElravy of California; and five grandchildren, Ashley Conley of Allentown, PA, Travis, Ryan, Matthew and Jacob McLain in Savannah, Georgia along with numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services with military honors were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27th, at Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast, Maine.