Will is shown here with other members of Charlie Company,
40th Engineer Battalion,(M) in dress uniform.
He was attached to the 1st Armored Division, and with
to take part in celebrations with the French, commemorating
the Liberation in World War II. For this he traveled
southern France and visited
It seemed Will took advantage of each leave, every soldier
and travel option, always trying to "make it fun." While
serving his country,
he not only visited Kuwait, Yugoslavia and Bosnia, but
to the Riviera again, visited Paris, traveled in Germany,
skied Bavaria where he found work after his discharge
from active duty.
We used to say he was like Forrest Gump, shaking the
the president at a luncheon for the Clintons visiting
being part of the historic Liberation Ceremonies, and
standing out in the crowd. At a USO show in Bosnia he
performed his old high school cover of the
Georgia Satellites' "Keep Your hands to Yourself."
Will was promoted to the rank of Sergeant before going
in November of 1996. He remained in the Reserve until
September of 1999 when he was honorably discharged.