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Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in December, was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Ron Lundy, Elkhart County Veterans Service officer, touches one of three Purple Hearts that were awarded to Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams and presented to his family during a ceremony at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Rosy Golupski sings during the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for her brother Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Rosy Golupski, left, sings and friend Melissa Frederick, right, plays guitar during the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for her brother Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. Golupski is Williams' sister. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

Rosy Golupski sits quietly with her son Corbyn during the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for her brother Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Family and friends listen to a song sung by Rosy Golupski, left, during the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for her brother Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

Debbie Passerallo, left, and her husband Sam hold hands as they listen to comments about Passeralo's son Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams during the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Debbie Passerallo smiles as she hold hands with her husband Sam as they listen to comments about Passeralo's son Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams during the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

Debbie Passerallo glances at her husband, Sam, and smiles as they hold hands as they listen to comments about Passeralo's son, Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams, during the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

Debbie Passerallo, left, looks at a Purple Heart as it is presented to her on behalf of her son Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams by U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, center, during the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. Williams' father Tom is to the righ right. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Debbie Passerallo, left, looks at a Purple Heart as it is presented to her on behalf of her son Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams by U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, center, during the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

Debbie Passerallo looks on as she hugs family and friends following the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for her son Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Debbie Passerallo, right, accepts a plaque honoring her son Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams from Elkhart Superior Court 1 Judge Evan S. Roberts during the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for her son Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. Roberts presented the plaque honoring Williams in Indianapolis. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

Elkhart Superior Court 1 Judge Evan S. Roberts makes comments during the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. Roberts presented the plaque honoring Williams in Indianapolis. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

A portrait of Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams of Elkhart is displayed on a mantel as friends and family gather at Granger Community Church for a Purple Heart presentation ceremony for Williams Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

Granger Community Church pastor Mark Waltz prays prior to the Purple Heart presentation at the church for Elkhart native Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski talks about the giving nature of our community before presenting Purple Hearts to the family of Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams during a ceremony at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Debbie Passerallo talks to the media following a Purple Heart presentation for her son Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Debbie Passerallo, back right, talks to the media following a Purple Heart presentation for her son Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. Williams' daughter Madison Williams, front, holds her medal as her grandmother talks. The woman at left is Williams' youngest sister, Sandy Williams. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Madison Williams, daughter of Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams returns to her seat after accepting a Purple Heart on behalf of her father during a presentation at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Madison Williams, daughter of Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams holds a Purple Heart after accepting it on behalf of her father during a presentation at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. Williams' stepfather Sam Passerallo is at left. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Madison Williams, daughter of Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams looks at a Purple Heart after accepting it on behalf of her father during a presentation at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A Purple Heart medal is seen in its case prior to the presentation ceremony honoring Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams of Elkhart at the Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. Medals were presented to his mother, father and daughter. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

A plaque issued by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is seen following a Purple Heart presentation ceremony for Elkhart native Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams at the Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. The state honored Williams in Indianapolis too. Medals were presented to his mother, father and daughter. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Rosy Golupski sings during the Purple Heart presentation ceremony for her brother Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24, 2014. Williams, an Elkhart native, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2013. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)
Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams honored with Purple Heart
Posted on April 24, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.

 

Purple Heart medals honoring Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams were presented to his mother, father and daughter at Granger Community Church Thursday, April 24. 

View a gallery of images from the ceremony.