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

William T Warford III

Temple, Texas

September 5, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
24 Army Cpl

215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division

Fort Hood, Texas

 Killed in Balad, Iraq, by an improvised explosive device.

From The Marlin Democrat marlindemocrat.com 09/11/07:

Falls County fallen hero

Warford died defending the country he loved. Funeral services are still being planned.

By Christine Kern, Staff Writer

On September 5, Corporal William "Billy" T. Warford III, 24, of Lott was killed supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom in Balad, Iraq.

He was assigned to the 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Hood.

His family misses him, but say that Warford would want them to take comfort in knowing that he was fighting for a cause, his country and his family.

"He did it so we didn't have to," Crystal Bethke, his sister, said. "It was just his time."

Letters from some of the men Warford fought with reveal that he was loved and revered by all. His wish for them was to go on and remember to continue fighting, he will be there by their side.

His family retell stories about the last time he was home for leave, about how he loved watching the kids in Iraq and handing them candy.

Warford was a tank mechanic, but changed military occupations after being asked to join on patrols with the unit.

Warford leaves his wife, Shea Warford, and two children, Abbey Warford, 6 and Anthony Warford, 2, along with his mother, Jere Beal and father William Warford II and his sister, Crystal and husband Michael Bethke.

Those he left behind know he is still riding along side his brothers in Iraq, looking out for them until they too can come home.

Funeral services are pending.

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