- 23 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 19, 1982
- Date of passing: Oct 22, 2006
|Let the memory of Sgt. WillSun be with us forever|
Army Sgt. Mock was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany. Mock died from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was in the lead Humvee as squad leader. Willsun was the second youngest of seven children. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, his two older brothers were married with children so he decided he would represent his family in the war on terrorism. He enlisted in the Army more than four years ago and was serving his second tour in Iraq when he was killed. Willsun served in some bad spots in Iraq. During the infamous November 2004 Fallujah offense he would be on the gun on overnight duty. He used to say he was afraid to go back home to Kansas, worried that the war had changed him too much. He had a different outlook on life; he didn't take as much for granted. He also used to apologize for being "rough around the edges" but he wasn't. He was still the gentleman his family had raised him to be. When asked what would stick with him after he departed Iraq, he said "Every time we lose soldiers and we have our ceremonies here for the fallen comrades and they play the taps for those men – that's probably the moments that will stay in my mind more than ever. From now until the day that I die, every Memorial Day and Veterans Day when I go to the local cemetery in Harper, Kansas, and they play the taps, I am sure it will hit me pretty hard then". Now, each Memorial Day and Veterans Day, they will be playing taps for him; the soldier with his motto tattooed under his sleeve – "Strength and Honor".
Will was loved and respected by all, especially by the soldiers he
served with. Will was a big brother to many that lacked direction in
life. Will's personal motto was 'Strength and Honor'. He lived by
those words in everything he did and with everyone he came in contact
with. Will did not jusy speak these words and have them tattooed on
his arms, he lived by his motto daily. Will loved the thrill of
competition. He was proficient at boxing and regularly taught the
young men of his platoon in the art of pugilism. Will constantly
trained his body to be physcially fit. You could always find him in
the gym pushing out rep after rep and set after set. Will's respect
was a deeply routed part of his values. He always told people he was a
KS farm boy who grew up to try to be something greater than himself.
Will was trying to learn to speak Spanish fluenttly.Will loved his
family and spoke of his brothers with love and respect. He would quote
his dad and granddad and talk of the advice his mom gave him. Will was
wise in common sense and rich in family. Will vowed that the people of
Iraq were worth our help. He even gained the trust of several orphans
who took to calling him father during his 1st deployment in Iraq, It
saddened him to see the condition of their lives and really wanted to
make a difference. Will never stopped telling his family that he had
to be there to protect his country, freedom, and family. That is why I
started calling him my Valiant Soldier.
All Medals Received
2 Bronze Star,Purple Heart, Army commendation,Army Good Conduct,
National Defense Service,Kosovo Campaign,Iraq Campaign, Global War on
Terrorism Expeditionnnnnnnnary, Global War on Terrorism ,
Noncommissioned Officer Professional development Ribbon,Army Service
Ribbon,Overseas Ribbon, NATO Ribbon(Kosovo),Combat Infatry Badge,
Presidential Unit Citation
All Awards Received
2 Army Achievements and Valorous Unit Award
"I am sorry I missed this posting on the 22nd, but I am here today to Honor and Remember my nephew. Ernie and I just replaced our faded Honor and Remember Flag for a bright new one. This we display proudly in Will's memory. We have been doing this since we lost Will some 10 years ago. We can not enter or leave our home without seeing it waving in the breeze. Will is always in our hearts."
"The news of Sgt Mock's passing as reported by CNN struck me immediately back in 2006 and I have often thought of him over the years on Memorial Day. It has been years, however, since I did anything more than that. Today, for some unknown reason, I went to the internet to revisit his story -- only to realize that it was his birthday. I truly cannot explain what it is about this young man, whom I never knew, that so touched me that it continues to speak to me these many years later. But for me, he has come to represent all the good/strength/honor in our fighting forces, my sincere appreciation to all the families who have suffered such loss, and my ongoing longing for peace."
"So sorry I can't tell you happy birthday in person. Just know you are loved and not forgotten."
"Be it 7 years for our nephew WillSun or 28 years for our son Andy, it is an eternity. These young men will never be forgotten for we hold memories of them in our hearts. Ernie remembers that Will, when he was in grade school, let Ernie ride his new two wheel bike. Memories like this one is what will keep them in our hearts forever. God Bless All."
"WillSun is and will always be Ernie's and my Great Nephew. His loss was and is still felt by all who love him. Whenever we hear of a Fallen Hero anywhere, our thoughts go back to when we learned of our Fallen Hero. May God bless the families of our military personnel and keep our Hero's in His care. Uncle Ernie and Aunt Mary Jane"
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