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Army Sgt. Killed In Afghanistan To Be Remembered In Wildomar

A memorial service for Sgt. Eric E. Williams, 27, of Murrieta is planned for Saturday, Aug. 4 at Cornerstone Community Church in Wildomar.

A public memorial service for U.S. Army Sgt. Eric E. Williams will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at , 34570 Monte Vista Drive in Wildomar.

Williams was killed July 23 in Afghanistan. He was 27.

Williams is survived by his parents, Bruce and Janet Williams, and his wife, Wendi.

He was a 2002 graduate of , where he ran track and cross-country and was the president of Fire Explorers, the Murrieta Valley Unified School District said in an emailed statement.

The motto he wrote in his senior yearbook was “Do good things.” 

Williams went on to become a paramedic, and worked for American Medical Response before enlisting in the Army in 2007 where he served as a combat flight medic.

He chronicled many of his deployment experiences in a blog titled, "My Friend The Medic."

Williams had been married for about a year. His wife graduated from Murrieta Valley Adult School in June, according to the statement from the school district. Adult School Coordinator Tom Petrich shared that Wendi brought her husband by the office to introduce him to the staff when he was home on leave.

"He was a special man. He was very respectful and we thanked him for his service at that time," Petrich said.

from his duty station in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan to re-deploy to the United States when his operating base came under fire, the U.S. Army said in a statement.

He was a paratrooper assigned to Company C, 3-82 General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

"...Indirect enemy fire came in his tent causing his death," said Staff Sgt. Jill People, spokesperson at the U.S. Army's Fort Bragg.

Williams' mother returned Thursday from a trip to Dover, Del., to recover her son's remains.

American flags were placed on the lawn of the Williams' Murrieta home.

A sign hung near the front door of the residence. It said, "We will miss your our Hero Eric!" It was painted in red, white and blue.

Helen July 31, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. He was a true hero. We salute him for his great sacrifice. We hope that the tremendous outpouring of support will validate the high regard that everyone has for this fallen soldier.
Wildomar Resident July 31, 2012 at 10:45 PM
To Bruce, Janet & Wendi, Our family feels your pain and prays for peace in your hearts. Your son/husband was a hero to us all.
DBell August 01, 2012 at 12:22 AM
To the family of Eric Williams, Heartfelt sympathy on your tragic loss. He has given the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Diana August 01, 2012 at 12:58 AM
To Eric's family, thank you for your Sons service and for my freedom. He was a true Hero in giving his all for our Country. May God bless you and your family during this time of tragic loss.
Cindy Seymour August 01, 2012 at 05:29 AM
I'm so sorry for your unimaginable loss. Eric is a true American hero. We will see him again one day.
jill smith August 01, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Dear Bruce Janet and Windy, I am so sorry for your loss, your son died a hero, and I will be forever grateful to him and all the brave men and women who allow us to be free. As Cindy said ,we will see him again one day, and I look forward to thanking him and every one of our heros. My deepest sympathy, and may God bless your family.
Michael Sullivan August 01, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Eric was one of the best men I have ever had the pleasure to know.He helped me through difficult times and I will never forget him and his smile.
UcantBserious August 01, 2012 at 07:15 PM
A press release just went out from The Westboro "church" CULT that they have plans to protest our HEROs Memorial Service this Saturday! We can't let this happen!!
justme August 01, 2012 at 07:39 PM
we need a HUGE tarp that two or so people can carry and whatever corner they choose spread it across the front of them so nobody sees them. I'm game
UcantBserious August 01, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Or build a human wall and keep these fools at a distance!!
jill smith August 01, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I read SGT. Eric E William's memoirs, and was amazed at the wisdom this man had. He truly is a HERO, and I would encourage others to read them. I was touched by those memoirs and would like to thank the patch, and Eric's parents for posting them.
Father2Sons August 01, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I can assure everyone that the Patriot Guard will be present and will provide a wall between the protestors, should they be dumb enough to attempt this, and the family members and friends.
UcantBserious August 01, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Thank you @Father2Sons Hope these idiot cult members realize there will be a lot of Military and Medical Field people there. A protest of this Hero's memorial could be bad for their health
Nancy August 02, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Dear God: Please bless this wonderful soul who gave his life for our country. Please bless and help his family who are left behind, hurting so very much. Please comfort and be with them all. God, war is so ugly and so unfair; I thank You that Heaven is real and that this nightmare will be over with sooner than we think. I am so glad You are able to help us all through these most difficult times. And please, will You keep Your strong hand on America; which so many just like Eric have fought and given their all for what we have here. Let us never take any of it for granted, PLEASE! Love and Prayers to Eric's family and friends.
Mk August 02, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Spreading the word here at Camp Pendleton. My husband is a Marine. Currently deployed. I know I will be there to support the family.
larry scott August 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM
He was one of my brothers.To his family words can't express " Radier for Ever" YOUR BROTHER "OLD MAN LARRY SCOTT" Baumholder' Germany

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