Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

William L Payne


May 16, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
46 Army MSgt

2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment

Fort Riley, Kansas

Killed in Haswah, Iraq, when an unexploded ordnance he was examining exploded.

AP News

William Lee Payne joined the Army shortly after graduating from high school in 1975. He delayed retirement because of the war. From Otsego, Mich., and stationed at Fort Riley, Payne died May 16 in an ordnance explosion. He is survived by his wife, Karin, and sons John, 21, and Nicholas, 14.

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