- 29 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 7, 1973
- Date of passing: Aug 12, 2003
|Let the memory of Sgt. Taft be with us forever|
29, of New Orleans; assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.; killed when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device on Aug. 12 near Ramadi, Iraq.
‘He was everything’ — latest Fort Carson casualty remembered
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Friends and family members gathered Tuesday to remember Staff Sgt. Taft Williams, a Fort Carson mechanic who became the 14th soldier from the post to die in Iraq.
First Sgt. Kenneth Zimcosky said he had no problem relying on Williams to run the Maintenance Troop, Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
“He was everything anyone would every want in a soldier,” Zimcosky said following the memorial.
Williams, 29, of New Orleans, died Aug. 12 when the convoy he was riding in to pick up parts in Baghdad was attacked. He was promoted to staff sergeant posthumously.
His wife, Ethelmay, is a soldier in 3rd Brigade Combat Team, also deployed to Iraq. The couple has a 15-month-old son, Jason.
The tribute to Williams included the same chilling symbols as other ceremonies at this post near Colorado Springs. The soldier’s boots, rifle, dog tags and helmet were placed at the front of Soldier’s Memorial Chapel. Bagpipers played “Amazing Grace,” soldiers fired a three-shot volley and, finally, a trumpeter played “Taps.”
Williams enlisted in fall 1993 and became a generator mechanic. He was stationed in Bosnia, and his first term with the 3rd Armored Regiment was in 1997. He returned last September.
Williams loved to talk about Cajun food, friends said, and his other passions included cars, racing, basketball and computers.
Spc. Keenan Beacham, who served with Williams for six years, remembered playfully wrestling with him and talking about cars.
“His smile and laugh kept many of us going,” Beacham said. “He was a great friend of mine, a person I would take as a brother any day.”
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