WOODROW WILSON HIGH SCHOOL Alumni
MICHAEL R. LAYMAN (1960)
US Marine Corps
Michael Layman graduated from Wilson in 1960. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1960 until 1983. Michael trained as a helicopter crew chief and served two years in Vietnam, once as a Corporal and later as a Captain. Returning from his first tour as a Sergeant he was sent to OCS and became a Tank Officer.
Later, Michael attended St Martins College in Lacey, WA where he obtained a degree. The Marine Corps sent him to language school twice. Prior to his second tour in Vietnam he attended Vietnamese language school and later, he studied Greek for a year before being assigned to Athens, Greece. Michael retired in 1983 and went to work for Makita Power Tools as an operations manager.
Michael became a Hot Air Balloonist and started a ride business known as Teenie Weenie Airlines. After living in many different states and on three continents, he is now retired in his native Portland.