Knecht joined the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia in 1946 . At the Pan American Games in 1955 Knecht won the title with the eighth of Vesper BC. Four years later he won the 1959 Pan American Games together with John B. Kelly junior in double sculls . At the 1960 Olympic Games , the two finished fourth both in the preliminary run and in the hope run and thus missed the final. Together with Robert Lea, Knecht won the Pan American Games in 1963 as four years earlier in a double scull.
At the 1964 Olympic Games , the Vesper Boat Club was the first club since 1904 to place the US eighth and not a university. The US eight was an outsider against the favored Germany eight . The two boats met in the first run and the Germany eight won with a lead of 0.28 seconds. In the final, the US boat won by over five seconds.
- Volker Kluge : Summer Olympic Games. The Chronicle II. London 1948 - Tokyo 1964. Sportverlag Berlin, Berlin 1998, ISBN 3-328-00740-7 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Servant, William Joseph (full name); Knecht, Bill (short name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American rower|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 10, 1930|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Camden , New Jersey|
|DATE OF DEATH||17th December 1992|
|Place of death||Cheltenham , Pennsylvania|