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Jesse Williams, right, is introduced to his daughter, center, for the first time in this Elkhart Truth file photo published on May 14, 2008. (Truth file photo by Tom Lange) (AP)
Staff Sgt. Jesse Williams to be honored with Purple Heart

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 5:29 p.m.

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.