After his graduation, Billy reported to Van De Graf Field, Alabama, for flight training. After a short while at this, he was assigned to the Cavalry and reported to the Fifth Cavalry at Ft. Bliss and later at Ft. Clark, Texas. Following this duty he was with the 10th Cavalry at Ft. Riley, Kansas.
In December of 1941, Billy transferred to the Armored Force and was sent to Pine Camp, New York, for duty with the Fourth Armored Division, where he remained until April, at which time he was transferred to Ft. Knox, Ky., and the Eighth Armored Division.
In July of 1942, Billy transferred to the paratroops, and was sent to Camp Toccoa, Ga., where he was one of the first officers to report to the newly formed 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, with which regiment he remained until his death.
While with the 506th, Billy was stationed at Ft. Benning, Camp Mackall, N.C., and Fort Bragg. At Toccoa, Billy reported as a Captain and was assigned to the Regimental S3 Section. He approached his job with enthusiasm, but with the reservation that he wanted command duty, whatever it was.
He was soon given the First Battalion, which he trained from then until D-Day. He qualified as a parachutist at Toccoa on a most difficult and improvised jump field.
The 506th left for England in August of 1943, where it remained until the invasion. Besides his parents, Billy is survived by his wife, the former Miss Marjorie Jackson of Little Rock, Ark., whom he married in December of 1941; a brother, Rozier Turner, a former lieutenant of the Engineer Amphibious Corps; and a sister, Mrs. John P. Thornton. One other brother, Lt. Dennis T. Turner, Jr., of the 28th Infantry Regiment was killed in France on July 12, 1944.