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See Decker for other articles with titles that contain, either by relationship or by coincidence, this character's surname.
This character is a member of the Decker family.
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 Starfleet Commodore Matthew Decker and his wife Jane. (TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek, Issue 1", TOS episode: "The Doomsday Machine")


Decker was known for being a romanticist but still "well-disciplined" and "well-groomed." He liked to write poetry. At Starfleet Academy, he has relationships with several female cadets. (TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek, Issue 1")

In 2256, Decker was a cadet serving on the USS Discovery. (DSC episode: "Into the Forest I Go")

While Cadet Decker was not identified by first name in that episode, the article "Star Trek Discovery's Coolest, Deepest-Cut Easter Eggs" by suggests that it is likely that this cadet was indeed Will Decker.

Decker graduated summa cum laude from Starfleet Academy. (TOS comic: "The Final Voyage")

Early in his career, Lieutenant Commander Decker was stationed on Delta IV, serving under Commander Spock, where he had a romantic relationship with the Deltan Ilia; the couple met due to his ballads and poems. (FASA RPG 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, Book One 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. The script "In Thy Image", which later became the story for The Motion Picture, states that Will was first officer of the USS Boston.

Decker did worry, and became depressed, over being the son of "the 'mad Commodore'" and how that would affect his career. He worked with the crew of the Enterprise to free the Talosian people from a Klingon invasion, ending the depression and starting a friendship between Kirk and Decker. TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek, Issue 1"

Following the end of the USS Enterprise's historic five-year mission in 2270, Decker, then a Captain, was given command of the ship. The ship was decommissioned for the upcoming refit and Decker commanded it on an intergalactic tour until the start of the refit. He also oversaw the eighteen-month refit. (TOS comic: "The Final Voyage"; FASA RPG module: Star Trek IV Sourcebook Update, TOS comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek, Issue 1") During the refit, Decker personally recruited his entire crew, making the crew the most diverse of species ever seen aboard a starship up until that point. While doing so, Decker personally recruited Nyota Uhura to help him with recruiting many of the nonhuman members of the crew. According to Hikaru Sulu, Decker was even considering making Uhura his executive officer. (TOS novel: Ex Machina)

As the Enterprise neared the completion of her overhaul in 2273, 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 channeled 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.

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)

With Q in the Q Continuum.

Shortly after, Decker's combined consciousness with the lifeform was on its way to an unknown destination when it was intercepted by the being known as Q. He then separated Decker from the being to give Decker the opportunity to once more consider whether this was something he truly wanted. After careful consideration, Decker seemed to be about to change his mind but then he caught sight of the lifeform who was in the form of Ilia. He then decided to proceed as before and Q allowed him to go on his way. The incident would go on to serve as Q's inspiration in intercepting the USS Enterprise D on its mission to Farpoint Station. (TOS - Waypoint - Special comic: "Consider Eternity")

Later, in a conversation with Sulu, Uhura described Decker as a "real renaissance man and a man of great imagination." She said Decker, while having big ideas and working hard to make them become real, never lost sight of the people who worked under him. Uhura said that Decker was the kind of commander who really would bond with his crew and treat them like family. Uhura believed Decker would have been a very good captain, if fate hadn't taken him elsewhere. (TOS novel: Ex Machina)


"Admiral, this is an almost totally new Enterprise. You don't know her a tenth as well as I do!"
"That's why you're staying aboard.
Willard Decker and James T. Kirk, 2273[src]

Decker's Service Record

location assignment dates rank or rate assignment insignia rank insignia
Delta IV prior to 2266 lieutenant commander 2250s conn officer sleeve.png
Starbase 6 adjunct to Admiral Borck 2266 commander Yel Cmdr 2266.png
USS Boston first officer 2266-2270
USS Enterprise commanding officer 2270-2273 captain Enterprise 2270s cmd insignia.jpg 2270s cmd capt.png
first officer 2273 temporary grade reducation to commander 2270s cmd cmdr.png



Starbase 6 personnel
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets BainesBenthovenBorckWillard DeckerEnwright Seal of the Federation Starfleet
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) senior staff
commanding officers C. RasmussenR. AprilPikeD. VlasidovichJ.T. KirkZarloHenshamStylesDeckerSpock first officers G.S. KirkShundreshSimonNumber OneSpockSonakDeckerBradySulu UFP emblem.
USS Enterprise operations assignment insignia. USS Enterprise assignment insignia.
second officers MohindasSpockG. MitchellScott chief medical officers S. AprilBoyceMcCoy
chief engineers BrownellKursleyFourrierPitcairnGraceBarryLouvierBurnsteinScott security chiefs TuvalA. HardinGiottoTomsonChekovMatlockRichardson
science officers AllinskyDaviesSpockSonakDecker communications officers Van FleetDabischGarrisonNanoNicolaTanakaUhura
helmsmen FloridaFerarraMohindasG. MitchellSulu navigators PoTylerKelsoChekovIliaDiFalco
see also: administrative personnelcommunications personnelengineering personnelmedical personnelpilots & flight control personnelsecurity & tactical personnelsciences personnel • unnamed (2240s and 2250s2260s2270s and 2280s)
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USS Enterprise (schooner) DecaturBurrows USA flag
USS Enterprise (CV-6) Hardison
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USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Roper
Enterprise (NX-01) Archer Enterprise assignment patch.
Enterprise (NX-01) (alternate timelines) ArcherT'PolTuckerLorian
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) RasmussenAprilPikeVlasidovichKirkZarloHenshamDeckerSpock USS Enterprise assignment insignia.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701's predecessor) (Kelvin timeline) AprilMarcus Assignment badge.
USS Enterprise (Kelvin timeline) PikeSpockKirk
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (other alternate realities) KirkKirkPikeThelinSpockHoffmanMitchell
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USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) (alternate realities) Pike
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) HarrimanGeorgeRendónSuluJohnson
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) GarrettCastillo
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) PicardRikerJellico Badge image.
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USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) (alternate realities) PicardHallowayRikerDataJellicoCrusherWorf
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F) Shon Badge image.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F) (alternate realities) PicardRikerDataShon
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-J) Dax Badge image.
ISS Enterprise (NX-01) ForrestArcher Emblem of the Terran Empire.
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) AprilFranzPikeKirkSpockDeckerRileySaavik
ISS Enterprise (ICC-1701) (Kelvin timeline) Spock
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) Pavel Chekov
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) Jean-Luc Picard
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) Jean-Luc Picard
Free Starship Enterprise Jean-Luc Picard
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F) Leeta
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 2250s alt cmd badge.jpg
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (other alternate realities) ThelinKirkGav USS Enterprise assignment insignia.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) SuluSpock Starfleet 2280s insignia.jpg
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) DaneSuluLinojj
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) CarmonaHolmesal-HalakTholav
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) RikerKurnStoneShelbyData Starfleet 2360s insignia.jpg
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) (alternate realities) PicardRikerWorfLa Forge
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) RikerDataMaddenWorf Starfleet 2370s insignia.jpg
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) (alternate realities) RikerPicardDataMaddenRo
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F) (STO alternate reality) Winters STO alt cmd badge.jpg
ISS Enterprise (NX-01) ArcherT'Pol Emblem of the Terran Empire.
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) Number OneKirkSpockScottDeckerRileySaavikXon
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) Riker
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) RikerLore
Free Starship Enterprise K'Ehleyr


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.

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