Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Sgt. Taft V. Williams

29, of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Williams was in a convoy near Ar Ramadi, Iraq when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Williams died of his injuries. Williams was assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on August 12, 2003.

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"SGT "Will", I know you are an Angel of God now, I miss you and think of you often. I was with SGT Williams the day he joined God in Heaven. Although, memories of that day are sometimes difficult, it is also inspiring. He was always so ready with such an amazingly happy and positive attitude, it was contagious and made all the incredibly hard long days seem easy. To his family, I would like you to know where his thoughts and heart was on that very day. He kept teasing me about acting so motherly because I brought him and few others some breakfast. He wouldn't eat so I gave him the plate and while waiting we sat and talked about our time in Germany. He talked the whole time about his wife and son, he said the camp we were going to was where his wife was and the thought that maybe he could see her was very exciting to him. He said "ya know my boy is the man?" He said that because just before he was bragging about how high speed his wife was both at work and home. On this day he was happy and cheerful and expressed to all of us how much he missed and loved his family. SGT Williams and family are always in my thoughts and prayers. It is an Honor to have served with SGT Williams."
SGT Mullings (Michelle Barlow) of Cyril, OK USA

"To the family of Sgt. Taft Williams. Our strength comes from above. Our hearts never forget love. Your memories keep the ones you care for spirit alive. May we never forget those brave souls who are much more than a name. But a father a husband and a friend. Almost thirteen years for the family of Sgt. Williams loss. May we not forget the family of the heroes of those who gave it all. God bless you Ethelmay and son Jason a Heroes family."
Bobby Bach of Janesville, Va

"Sgt. Williams
I remember the day before you left to convoy that tragic day and I keep going over in my head. Thinking about how it would be different if you never went on that convoy. I remember walking through the Headquarters barracks with you before I went on guard duty. You promised to fixed our swamp cooler so, we could have A/C in our sleeping quarters like everyone else. That day never came, I loss a true Brother in Arms and we talked about your wife up north in Baghdad, Iraq. You wanted it see her before she left to go to BNCOC back home. If anyone would have met you, they see a fine NCO and the Best friend anyone could have. We traded games on the Gameboy Advance(Metroid Fusion), you help me get pass that level that night in the TOC. Man I really do miss you awhole lot and God Bless your Wife & son. I went on a long ride that day once we received the news of your fatal accident. I could not be around the other soldier's as NCO, feeling the way I did. Others couldn't go outside the gate. I thought about you and did what you would have done. I volunteer to take my soldier's place, you taught me the meaning of a True NCO. Love you 3rd Cav Brother"
SGT John Calvin Harlee of Chester, Virginia 23836 (Fort Lee)

Well sir, your my uncle but i never really got to meet you that i can remember. I leave for basic July 28th, 2014. In your memory I will be the best soldier I can be. Thank you for your service"
Jordan Little of Binghamton, NY

"Sgt. Williams,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just during OIF but also when you served in Bosnia as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Brave Rifles!"

"We always think about you bro! We had a lot of fun as kids. You're always a hero to me. Thanks for protecting us!"
Quentin Bourgeois of Houston, Texas

"To my Mentor, I remember the day i arrived in Germany as a PV1, u were on my case. But Your Hard training paid off for me. I moved on to fort Story Virginia as a Spc, that was trained by the best their can be, and that was you. I was in Iraq the day u past and I did not know what to do, the only thing i keep remembering was the training you had thought me. I pray to God to Help your family and everyone else who knew you. U always knew how to put a smile on me when i was down, u where a big brother i never had. Rest In Peace."
Spc, Lopez, Pablo of staten Island, NY/USA

"July 16, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Taft V. Williams:
Taft gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Hey Taft how are you doing brother... well I want you to know I truly miss your laughter and your smile.... I miss all the talks we had..every time I see a lowrding accord/maxima I always think of you...I know your in heaven but I will always recall our good times in Carson and Iraq..I love you"
Qur'on Harding of London, UK

"I remember Taft from Kosovo, where he kidded me about how much I was eating and motivated me to be healthier. He was a very positive influence on everyone around him and he is missed very much. God Bless."
LTC Steve Higley, USAFR of Colorado Springs, CO

"To the family of:Taft V. Williams I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"I want to thank everyone for all the kind words about my husband. It's people like you that keep me and our son going everyday.We miss him dearly. God bless you!"

"It was an honor to serve with you. You were our "go to" guy in Germany, and you did more for our unit than any other person. The old army saying of "never volunteer for anything", didnt apply to you. You wanted to help new soldiers, and you volunteered to go above and beyond to make the Army a better organization. You are a Hero in every sense of the word, and your legacy lives on."
MAJ Ed Vedder of FT Leavenworth, KS

"I am hoping someone will see this on this webpage and be able to help me. I am trying to reach the family of this soldier so that I can mail a flag to them that was flown in this soldier's honor. I am forever grateful for the sacrifices that this family gave. Any assitance would be very helpful.
Thank you. emmylou9@hotmail.com"
Emmy of Charleston, SC

"make god keep you in his hands always"
williams of baker,la

"Es ist nicht zu beschreiben wie kalt und leer es ist.
Ich versuche nicht zu zeigen wie sehr ich dich vermiss,
meine freunde tun ihr bestes
aber das beste ist nicht gut genug ,
für das was du mir warst
hat diese Welt kein Sukstiut.
Dies ist ein Akt der Verzweiflung,
ein stummer schrei ,
eines Menschen voller leiden
seiner Wunde die mich heilt.
Es ist ein letzter Kampf gegen, dass woran es liegt wie ein Vogel mit nur einem Flügel der bestimmt nicht fliegt.

Bei Gott,
es fehlt ein Stück,
haltet die Welt an,
es fehlt ein Stück,
sie soll stehen
und die Welt dreht sich weiter
und dass sie sich weiter dreht
ist für mich nicht zu begreifen,
merkt sie nicht das einer fehlt.
Haltet die Welt an ,
es fehlt ein Stück,
haltet die Welt an ,
sie soll stehen.

Es ist leicht zu erkennen und schwer zu ertragen, wie konnte man dich von uns trennen, mein Herz trägt deinen Namen. Es ist die alte Geschichte,
wenn jemand stirbt, es fehlt ein Stück vom Puzzel, dass so niemals fertig wird.

Man sagt mir, halb so schlimm,
es geht weiter wie du siehst,
um zu sehen das dass nicht stimmt,
braucht es keinen Detektiv.
Ich kann mein Zweck nicht erfüllen,
wie eine Kerze ohne Docht.
Dieses Schiff geht langsam unter
merkt ihr nicht es hat ein Loch.

Bei Gott,
es fehlt ein Stück ,
haltet die Welt an,
es fehlt ein Stück,
sie soll stehen ,
und die Welt dreht sich weiter
und dass sie sich weiter dreht
ist für mich nicht zu begreifen,
merkt sie nicht dass einer fehlt
haltet die Welt an,
es fehlt ein Stück ,
haltet die Welt an ,
sie soll stehen .....

Ich denke immer an dich und du bleibst immer in unserem Herzen.

Deine Kleine vermisst dich so sehr!"
s.y of Germany

"SGT Williams, I have never forgotten the talks we had about the motorcycles we were going to buy when we returned from Iraq. I bought my Suzuki Hayabusa and everytime I ride, I think of you and pray for your family. You will NOT be forgotten."
SFC Michael S. Bailey of Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

"Brave Rifles..."
Paul Brian Michalak of Byron,MN U.S.

"Thank you for all the kind words about my son .My angle is in God hands now."
Mrs. Sylvin Williams of Baker La.

"To Mrs.Williams You and your son have our thoughts and prayers. He was a wonderful leader and friend."
Spc. Jason Myers of Ft. Carson CO.

"May God Bless him and his family.
I am sure he must be with his maker."
Isabel Addison of Baton Rouge , LA

"Here is a nice poem that someone send me and I thought it was so nice...

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning`s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circle flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Like we once said to each other..
Maybe things work out better in our next lifetime.

Im kissing you...."
Simone and your daughter Charisse of Germany

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/12/04

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

I will never forget you. I know that your legacy will live on thriough your son. I remeber comming to the motorpool in Hanau, and you alking about his arrival. You were always there to cheer me up, I will always remeber how you would give me a hard time about my dispatch. It is those times that we hold so dear, and I know that you gave your all to your wife and child. To his family serving with WILL as we called him was a honor and priveledge. I served with him in Kosovo and he helped me stay motivated when I was feeling homesick for my children. So to you I say be strong and trust that he is with his creator and he is holding a place for you.

May God Bless you and Keep you always
There will never be another one like him.

TAFT, I know that you are watching us just keep smiling and we see ya when we get there."
SGT Tiffani Ballinger of Chicago, IL

"Sergeant Williams, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Taft, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Taft Williams, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"We will always love you!
Simone and your daughter Charisse"
Simone Y. of Germany

"Thanks for your service to freedom for the oppressed people."
Lenny Pousson of Reserve, LA

"My wife and I went to a Healing Feild of United States Flags in honor of those soldiers who have bravely given their lives to protect our country, and contributed to recieve the flag honoring Srgt. Williams. He died the day we were married. We feel a deep respect to him and his family, and we will cherish his memory with the thought that he has paid for our freedom and given us the liberty to raise a family in a secure land. Our children will grow up with a quiet respect for him, a hero."
Trevor and Mandi Thompson of Salt Lake City, Utah

"My wife and I went to a Healing Feild of United States Flags in honor of those soldiers who have bravely given their lives to protect our country, and contributed to recieve the flag honoring Srgt. Williams. He died the day we were married. We feel a deep respect to him and his family, and we will cherish his memory with the thought that he has paid for our freedom and given us the liberty to raise a family in a secure land. Our children will grow up with a quiet respect for him, a hero."
Trevor and Mandi Thompson of Salt Lake City, Utah

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Taft Williams:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Taft for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Taft Williams:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Taft, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on