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Sgt. William Friese
Died July 18, 2019 Serving During Operation Inherent Resolve
30, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, died July 18 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in a non-combat related incident. Friese was West Virginia National Guard soldier assigned to the 821st Engineer Company, 1092nd Engineering Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade, in Summersville, West Virginia. The incident is under investigation.
Sgt. William Friese, 30, from Rockport, West Virginia, died July 18 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, due to what military authorities say is a non-combat related incident.
The incident is under investigation.
A West Virginia Army National Guard soldier assigned to the 821st Engineer Company, 1092nd Engineer Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade, in Summersville, West Virginia, Friese died while serving in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Friese was a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 821st Engineer Company, according to Maj. Holli Nelson, a spokeswoman for the West Virginia National Guard.
He joined the West Virginia Army National Guard in 2008 and served in the 821st Engineer Company or above at the 1092nd Engineer Battalion for his entire 12-year career, according to the Guard.
He was on his second deployment serving in support of Operation Inherent Resolve at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. He also had deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 for a tour with the 1092nd Engineer Battalion.
He was a resident of Parkersburg, West Virginia and a native West Virginian. He is survived by his wife, children, mother, sister and grandparents.
“Cathy and I are praying for William’s family and the entire National Guard family, and we ask all West Virginians to join with us,” said West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in a prepared statement sent to Army Times.
“Everything we have we owe to the men and women who defend our country and protect our freedoms. We will do everything we can to provide support to his family and will never forget his service and sacrifice to this great state and our great nation.”