William Nordeen

William Edward Nordeen (October 9, 1936—June 28 1988) was an American diplomat. He was born in Amery, Wisconsin (he was from Centuria, Wisconsin) and was the United States defense and naval attache to the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. Nordeen was assassinated June 28, 1988.

The 51 year-old US Navy captain was driving in an armor-plated sedan near Athens when a car bomb was detonated next to him via remote control. He was thrown from the car and killed by the blast. Nordeen was survived by his wife, Patricia,son William E. Nordeen II and he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

The Greek terrorist group Revolutionary Organization 17 November claimed the blast, making Nordeen one of five American embassy employees killed by organization. They threatened to kill more Americans until the United States abandoned its four bases in Greece.


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