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Full Name: Willard Decker
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Affiliation: Federation Starfleet
Parents: Father: Matthew Decker (died 2267)
Mother: Jane Decker
Marital Status: Single
Final Assignment: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Rank: captain
Insignia: Badge insignia.
For the mirror universe counterpart, see Willard Decker (mirror).

Willard Decker (known familiarly as Will), was a Human Starfleet officer. He was the son of Jane and Matthew Decker. (TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek", TOS episode: "The Doomsday Machine")

Early in his career, Lieutenant Commander Decker was stationed on Delta IV where he had a romantic relationship with the Deltan Ilia. (TOS roleplay module: Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update) The relationship came to an end when Decker departed Delta IV without saying goodbye. (TOS movie: Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

The timeline in Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update gives Decker's posting to Delta IV as 2267 when he held the rank of lieutenant commander.

As of 2266, Decker held the rank of commander, and was stationed to Starbase 6, where he served as adjunct to Admiral Borck. Following this assignment, he was offered the first officer position of a starship. (TOS - The Brave and the Bold novella: The First Artifact)

The novel states only that Decker's transfer was expected in the near future; however, given what's known of Decker's career path, it's probably safe to assume this offered assignment did in fact happen as planned.

Following the end of the USS Enterprise's historic five-year mission in 2270, Decker, then a Captain, was given command of the ship, and oversaw her eighteen-month refit. (TOS comic: "The Final Voyage")

As the Enterprise neared the completion of her overhaul, the entity V'Ger was approaching Earth. The then Admiral James T. Kirk returned to the Enterprise and took command of the ship, temporarily demoting Decker to Commander and first officer. Decker resented Kirk using the emergency to retake the Enterprise and didn't believe Kirk, unfamiliar with the vastly redesigned Enterprise, was the right man to be in charge.

Decker's suspicions turned out to be true at first when the Enterprise accidentally entered a wormhole at warp speed and was almost destroyed when Kirk ordered use of the phasers (now with power channelled from the warp engines) to escape. Fortunately Decker was able to prevent this and Enterprise escaped using photon torpedoes.

This voyage of the Enterprise also saw Decker reunited with Ilia. Unfortunately it was all too short a reunion, as shortly after Ilia was digitized by V'Ger. V'Ger later replaced Ilia with its own probe in her form. The Ilia probe not only mimicked her appearance but also had Ilia's memories. Decker's previous relationship with Ilia was subsequently key to understanding V'Ger and establishing first contact. Two of his best audio/visual re-association techniques (with help from Doctors Leonard McCoy and Christine Chapel) were playing a game she almost always won on the recreation deck. The other was an ornamental headpiece Ilia wore when they first met on Delta IV.

Will joining with V'Ger

As V'Ger approached Earth it demanded to meet its creator or destroy the planet. Decker and the probe Ilia joined an away team to the heart of V'Ger where they discovered its true origins: an old Earth space probe, Voyager VI. V'Ger was hoping to evolve by merging with its creator. Having lost his love and his ship, Decker volunteered and joined with V'Ger becoming a glowing entity: a new non-corporeal lifeform.

Following the incident Kirk officially listed Decker as "missing in action". (TOS movie: Star Trek: The Motion Picture)


Decker's Service Record

location assignment dates rank or rate assignment insignia rank insignia
Delta IV prior to 2266 Lieutenant Commander
Starbase 6 adjunct to Admiral Borck 2266 Commander
USS Enterprise commanding officer 2270-2273 Captain
executive officer 2273 Commander (temporary grade reduction)


William T. Riker and Deanna Troi were based upon Decker and Ilia by Gene Roddenberry, when writing the characters for Star Trek: The Next Generation.


Starbase 6 personnel
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets Benthoven • BorckWillard Decker • Enwright Seal of the Federation Starfleet
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) senior staff
commanding officers C. RasmussenR. AprilPikeJ.T. KirkZarloStylesDeckerSpock first officers G.S. KirkShundreshSimonNumber OneSpockSonakDeckerSulu USS Enterprise assignment insignia.
second officers MohindasSpockScott chief medical officers S. AprilBoyceMcCoy
chief engineers BrownellKursley • Fourrier • GraceBarryBurnsteinScott science officers Allinsky • Davies • SpockSonak
communications officers Van Fleet • Dabisch • NanoUhura helmsmen Florida • Ferrara • MohindasKelsoSulu
see also: administrative personnelcommunications personnelengineering personnelmedical personnelpilots & flight control personnelsecurity & tactical personnelsciences personnelunnamed
Commanding officers of the ships Enterprise
Enterprise (NX-01) Archer Enterprise assignment patch.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) AprilPikeKirkZarloDeckerSpock USS Enterprise assignment insignia.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (alternate reality) PikeSpockKirk
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) Kirk
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) HarrimanSuluJohnson
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) GarrettCastillo
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) PicardRikerJellico
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) BatesonPicardRikerData
ISS Enterprise (NX-01) Forrest Emblem of the Terran Empire.
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) FranzPikeKirkSpockRileySaavik
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) Picard
First officers of the starships Enterprise
Enterprise (NX-01) TuckerT'Pol Enterprise assignment patch.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) KirkShundreshSimonPikeNumber OneSpockDeckerSulu USS Enterprise assignment insignia.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (alternate reality) SpockKirk
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) Spock
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) DaneSuluLinojj
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) CarmonaHolmesal-HalakTholav
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) RikerKurnStoneShelbyData
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) RikerMaddenWorf
ISS Enterprise (NX-01) Archer Emblem of the Terran Empire.
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) KirkSpockScottDeckerRiley
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) Riker
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) Riker • Lore

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