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Army Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams

Died December 10, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


25, of New Carlisle, Ohio; assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died Dec. 10 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.


JBLM soldier from Ohio killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — The Defense Department says a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker soldier from Ohio has been killed in Afghanistan.

DoD says 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Wesley Williams of New Carlisle, Ohio, was killed Monday in Kandahar province when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

The News Tribune reports Williams served with Lewis-McChord's 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which deployed last month to replace another Stryker unit in southern Afghanistan.

Williams joined the Army in 2005. He reported to the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany, in 2006 and deployed with the unit to Iraq in 2007 as a radio telephone operator.

The Army assigned him to Lewis-McChord's 4th Brigade in February 2009, and he deployed to Iraq later that year as a rifleman.

The newspaper says he was an infantry squad leader in this Afghan deployment.

Fallen soldier will be buried at Arlington

The Associated Press

NEW CARLISLE, Ohio — A soldier from Ohio killed this week in Afghanistan will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Department of Defense said 25-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Wesley "Wes" Williams died Monday in Kandahar of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his Army unit with an improvised explosive device.

His wife, Krista Williams, told the Dayton Daily News she was flying this week to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to pick up his body, prior to his burial in the national cemetery.

Williams was a 2006 graduate of Tecumseh High School in New Carlisle, near Dayton.

A veteran of two Iraq tours, Williams deployed Nov. 15 to Afghanistan as a squad leader.

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