Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams to be honored with Purple Heart
GRANGER — An Elkhart soldier killed in action in Iraq last December will be honored with the Purple Heart award at a ceremony this week.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski will join veteran service officer Ron Lundy, Elkhart Superior Court 1 Judge Evan Roberts and Pastor Mark Waltz of Granger Community Church in presenting the award to the mother and daughter of Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Granger Community Church, 630 E. University Drive, Mishawaka, according to a news release from Walorski's office.
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States armed forces who are wounded or killed in action.
Williams, 30, was killed in a helicopter crash on Dec. 17, 2013, in the Shajau district of Zabul province in Afghanistan.
More than 700 people attended his funeral on Jan. 3 and the following processional to Rice Cemetery.
Staff Sgt. Williams had been deployed to Afghanistan with his unit, Headquarters Company, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, based in Vilseck, Germany.