TARBORO, NC, USA U.S. Army SGT, 1132D MP COMPANY, 95TH MP BATTALION, 18TH MP BRIGADE, ROCKY MOUNT, NC BAGHDAD, IRAQ 03/22/2008
Two soldiers from North Carolina, Sgt. David B. Williams, 26, of Tarboro, and Thomas C. Ray, 40, of Weaverville, assigned to a military police company that’s part of the North Carolina Army National Guard, were killed when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle near Baghdad, Iraq on March 22, 2008. Both were assigned to the 1132 Military Police Co., which is based in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The unit mobilized in June 2007 with about 120 soldiers and was stationed in Baghdad.
Also killed was Spc. David S. Stelmat, 27, of Littleton, N.H. Stelmat was a member of the New Hampshire Army National Guard assigned to the 1132.
David “Blake” Williams, who joined the N.C. Army National Guard in July 2003, was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. He is survived by his mother, Susan L. Williams, and sister, Mary Beth Williams. Williams“felt like he had a calling to serve,” his sister said.
He was apprehensive at first about returning to Iraq, his mother said. “After he met some of the people over there this time, he knew he needed to be there, he was making a difference,” Susan Williams said.
Sergeant Williams is still remembered by many, including his squad leader who wrote this in 2010 – “Blake aka Bill you were a great soldier. I was honored to be your squad leader 04 – 05. We had some good times. You are truly missed. I thought when we reunited at rusty it would be a longer reunion. On this memorial I always think of you and your family.”