NEWS RELEASE: Army Sgt. from Murrieta Killed 'Under Enemy Fire'

Sgt. Eric E. Williams, 27, of Murrieta, Calif., was in-transit from his duty station in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan to re-deploy to the United States when he was killed.

The following is a news release issued July 25 by the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division regarding the death of Sgt. Eric E. Williams of Murrieta.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - An 82nd Airborne Division flight medic was killed Monday when the forward operating base came under enemy fire in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

was in-transit from his duty station in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan to re-deploy to the United States when he was killed. He was assigned to Company C, 3-82 General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Williams family during this time of great sadness," said Col. T.J. Jamison, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade commander, of Broken Arrow, Okla. "Eric was a valued member of the Task Force Pegasus family, and his memory as a great medic and Soldier who always put others before himself will not be forgotten."

Williams entered the U.S. Army in 2007, completing basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. He completed advance individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, earning military occupational specialty 68W, Healthcare Specialist, and subsequently earned the status of combat flight medic.

This was Williams' second deployment. He previously served a 14-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008-2009 as a combat medic.

"He was always on his game," said Sgt. Cormac Chandler, a Medevac crew chief who served with Williams, and native of Murfreesboro, Tenn. "Will always kept his cool, which in turn helped me keep my cool, and he never quit. That was the caliber of his personality. That is who he was."

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor and oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Medical Badge.

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

Nathan July 26, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Eric wiliams u will be missed very much. such a tragic ending to such a young life thank you for all u have give to protect us :( u will be missed and never forgotten god bless you and your family
Larry Grabinski July 26, 2012 at 02:17 PM
"He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” It was my greatest honor to have served with Eric at Fort Sill... he was the best EMT/Soldier Medic partner any Paramedic could ask for... I shall never forget you my friend, I will not let your memory fade comrade, and I promise that I shall strive to hold all other soldier medics to the same standard which you lived by! RIP Brother!!!!
Nicholas bottjer July 27, 2012 at 04:56 PM
You will be missed my friend. Thank you to all of you who serve our great country so proudly. It was an honor to know this man. I pray for all of your safety. I love you Eric. I will see you again someday in a better place. You will not be forgotten by your family and friends.
pearl August 03, 2012 at 03:11 AM
The sorrow is beyond words...this is so unfair. Why are the best and the brightest always the ones that are taken from us way too early. Holding the Williams family close as they deal with their loss. RIP Sgt. Williams.
JOhn Fisher September 29, 2012 at 05:00 AM
I'll never forget the night you climbed down the 70 foot well, to extract those to injured soldiers. Covered in dirt, sweat and your permanent smile you bounded into the FST like you were living your dream and having a blast saving lives. Always at your best, you set the bar and continue to inspire me.


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