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William T. 'Bill' Prime Jr., crane operator
William T. 'Bill' Prime Jr., crane operator

William T. "Bill" Prime Jr., a retired crane operator and Vietnam veteran, died Thursday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of cancer. He was 73. The son of William T. Prime Sr., a crane operator, and Stella Catherine Prime, a homemaker, William Thomas Prime Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton. After graduating in 1959 from Parkville High School, he worked as a crane operator for Operating Engineers Local 37 before being drafted into the Army. He served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967, first in ammunition supply, and for the last six months of his tour he was assigned to the mortuary detail in Da Nang. In 1967, he returned to Operating Engineers Local 37 where...

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