Local marine dies in Afghanistan

March 25, 2009 8:39:47 AM PDT
Corporal Anthony L. Williams died March 22nd while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.The 21-year-old was from Oxford, Chester County. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Williams was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a 2006 graduate of the Oxford Area High School and the Coatesville Vo-Tech School for HVAC training.

Anthony enlisted in the Marine Corps delayed entry program on June 24, 2005.

On June 12, 2006 he began Marine Corps Recruit Training at Parris Island, SC. While stationed with the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion in Camp Lejeune, NC, he volunteered for service in Afghanistan.

He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Sharpshooter Ribbon.

Anthony attended Beulah Baptist Church, Russellville, where he was a member of the Core Church Youth Group. He enjoyed electronic games and music and especially loved to spend time with his family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Beulah Baptist Church, 3815 Newark Rd., Oxford, where family and friends may call from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Interment with full military honors will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Anthony's memory may be made to the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, Ste. 1007, New York, NY 10020, in order to help the children of fallen military and law enforcement personnel.

As of Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at least 597 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department.

Of those, the military reports 440 were killed by hostile action.

Outside the Afghan region, the Defense Department reports 67 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, three were the result of hostile action. The military lists these other locations as Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba; Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Jordan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Philippines; Seychelles; Sudan; Tajikistan; Turkey; and Yemen.

There were also four CIA officer deaths and one military civilian death.

Some information in this report was obtained from the obituary prepared by the Edward Collins Funeral Home

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