- 25 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 17, 1987
- Date of passing: Dec 10, 2012
|Let the memory of Wesley be with us forever|
Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams, 25, of New Carlisle, Ohio, died Dec. 10 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 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.
He was born in Killeen, Texas the son of Lars & Linda (Sparks) Williams. He was a 2005 graduate of Tecumseh High School. Wes served two tours in Iraq and deployed November 15 to Afghanistan as a squad leader. He is survived by his wife, Krista Williams; a daughter, Faith Williams and baby Williams due in July; his parents; two sisters, Amber & Hannah; and a brother, Austin; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
"Hey Will just wanted to stop by say hey an let you know I miss you brotha. Cheers!"
"A tattoo and dinner out. A little Irish Whiskey. Happy birthday. Love and miss you so much."
"Love you and Happy Birthday. I'll have a beer for you, green if they have one."
"....Thinking of you a little more today than usual. Tears in your honor. No multitude of thank you's will ever be enough. I feel so honored to have crossed paths with you, a funny, crazy, beautiful soul who has left behind so many who loved you in so many different ways. Your girls are so beautiful and I know you are glowing with pride. Krista is such an amazing mother and she does such a good job keeping your spirit alive in they're hearts. I know you are with them everyday. I wish we could all come and see you in heaven for the weekend. It's hard to say good bye.....so Ill say just so long and l look forward to the day when I will see you again."
"SSG Will, you were the best leader I had the pleasure to serve with. I miss you all of the time. We will never forget you and the impact you made on our lives."
"I may not have known Wesley on a personal level but I am so appreciative for his devotion and sacrifices that he had made for this country. I am so glad I came across this brave young man. He was honored on in Plains, Texas this Memorial Day. God Bless."
"Me and Wesley were both nerds and we were always crackin' each other up with either South Park, Simpsons, or Family Guy references. I remember when I first was getting to know him and we had started joking with each other about this south park episode with the high school musical dad that slaps everyone. In one scene the dad sneaks up behind someone and says, "psssssst." When the guy turns around the man slaps him in the face. I was standing in the break room one day and Wesley snuck up behind me and did the same thing. then he said,"I'm a slappidy slappin' you're face because your disrespecting me" all while proceeding to actually slap me in the face and we both busted up laughin'. That was really my introduction to his personality and we became good friends based on our similar sense of humor.
Wesley was a great leader and cared about his guys and their preparedness for war. You would be hard pressed to find another NCO in our brigade that took as much time, or was as thorough of a teacher as Wesley. I always admired that about him. He really represented what an NCO should be to me. That's not something I say lightly. I give out few compliments and Wesley really was this great, fun loving guy, as well as a good leader and mentor. I don't know anyone else, especially someone that is younger than me, that I looked up to. Wesley was that guy to me. I miss his friendship tremendously and think about him daily. I am grateful for the sacrifice he made for his boys, family, his country, and for the greater good of the people of Panjwaii. I am proud to say that I knew and served with SSG Wesley Williams and I will carry that pride with me 'til the day I die.
I often think of something he told me after a patrol in Panjwaii. I don't know if it would make sense to somebody that hasn't been in combat but it hits home with me.
"Some of your worse days will be your best days...I promise you" -SSG Wesley Williams."
"You were my mentor and friend. I wish there were more I could have done. We miss you. You will never be forgotten."
"Happy birthday Wes. I love and miss you each day."
"Wes, Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. I am a member of the Lorain County Woodcarvers, and assigned the task of carving the feather with your name for the Fallen Feather Project. I pray I do it justice. Stand down soldier, your job is done! RIP - hope we meet in the next life!"
"Thank you Wesley for filling my heart and life with so much love, joy and pride. I dearly miss our long talks, the endless hours of scrabble, your silly jokes and the way you laughed. My life is dimmer but your memories will keep the light on for me. All my love Pooh Bear!!!"
"A HERO has walked among us! I feel privileged to have known you! Thank you for giving your life for our freedom! And now for watching over us! May GOD be with your family! We miss you dearly! Your love will stay in my heart forever!"
"I am proud and honored to be able to call you my nephew. Thank you for protecting us. We love you and miss you. Watch over your babies and stick close to your mom...rest in peace baby boy, you've earned it."
"Wes...always in our hearts."
"Thanks Wes, for giving yourself, in the name of our freedom. I love your family, and will think of you every time I talk to them. I know you are looking down upon all of them every minute of every day, as they are looking up at you. You are an angel who made the ultimate sacrifice. May God Bless You and Your Family. <3"
"Thank you Wes for taking care of us! Now thank you for continuing to look after us!"
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