Lieutenant Colonel Orville O. "Bill" Munson graduated high school in 1937 and attended the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. He enlisted into the US Army 24 February 1941 and in early 1942 was ordered to Engineer Officer Candidate School, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and graduated a Second Lieutenant in July 1942. In 1943 his unit was ordered to Africa and later fought in Italy and France. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and fought on to Germany.
He served in the Korean War assigned as an engineer advisor to a Turkish Brigade. He served in the US Army for 22 years. His awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals with V for Valor, four Purple Hearts, Army Commendation Medal, France Legion of Honor, Italy Military Valor Cross and Master Parachutist Badge.