Oliver “Billy” Sipple
Sipple was a decorated war veteran. He served in the United States Marine Corps and fought in Vietnam. Shrapnel wounds suffered in December 1968 caused him to finish out his tour of duty in a Philadelphia veterans hospital, from which he was released in March 1970.
He also saved a President’s life.
On September 22, 1975 in a crowd of about 3,000 people who had gathered President Ford, Sipple noticed a woman next to him had drawn and leveled a .38-caliber pistol.
Reacting instinctively, Sipple lunged at the woman, Sara Jane Moore, just as her finger squeezed the trigger. While the gun did go off, his contact was just enough to deflect her aim and cause the bullet to miss.