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Memorial Plans Underway for Murrieta Army Sgt. Killed in Afghanistan

A memorial service for Sgt. Eric E. Williams, 27, of Murrieta is planned for Saturday, Aug. 4.

Plans to officially lay a Murrieta soldier killed July 23 in Afghanistan to rest are underway.

A memorial service for Sgt. Eric E. Williams will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 at , 34570 Monte Vista Drive in Wildomar, his mother confirmed.

Williams, 27, 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.” 

Willams 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."

Eric had been married for about a year to his wife, Wendi, who 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 Eric 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 he 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 for Ft. 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.

Scott Durbin July 28, 2012 at 01:05 AM
god speed Eric...........fire academy 8 "head up"!!!
Hope July 28, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Prayers and thanks to Eric and his family for his service to Our Country. May you all find peace in the knowledge that he is in the arms of Our Lord and you will all be reunited someday for eternity. God Bless.
Mike July 28, 2012 at 04:12 AM
God bless and Thank You.
Berni July 28, 2012 at 01:09 PM
All your RACH family will miss you deeply
Jodi DeCew July 29, 2012 at 02:14 AM
God bless you Eric & your family....thank you for your service & your sacrifice to save others....RIP & my thoughts & prayers are with your family during this difficult time...my nephew was killed in Afghanistan last August so my family knows what your family is going through.....
dave roy July 29, 2012 at 09:45 PM
we lost a hero in every sense of the word in eric. i am proud of his service as compassionate healer and fierce warrior, friend and co-worker. his writings reflect the feelings of american soldiers from generations past; the sacrifices made by some should not be forgotten nor taken for granted. bless his family, and may they be comforted in knowing that their loss is our loss also, and shared by the thousands who will take the time and make the effort to give him the honor and respect he deserves. ...his death diminishes me, for i am involved in mankind...so send not to ask for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee... go easy troop, with your knees in the breeze, rest in the hands of god.
Larry Grabinski July 30, 2012 at 01:14 AM
The best Army Medic and human being I've ever had the honor of working with, your loss has left a vacuum that can not be filled... RIP Brother, your watch is over, we will take it from here!

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