Friday, August 31, 2007

Pfc. Thomas R. Wilson ... a grateful nation mourns a fallen hero

Pfc Thomas R. Wilson, 21, U.S. Army
1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment
173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team

Shenandoah County, Virginia
KIA in Afghanistan - August 27, 2007

Patriot Guard to stand in honor of young man's supreme sacrifice

Funeral Arrangements:

Sunday, Sept. 2 - 1-7:00 pm: Viewing at Dellinger Funeral Home, 159 N. Main Street, Woodstock, VA

Monday, Sept. 3 - 11:00 am: Funeral Service at Central High School, 1147 Susan Avenue, Woodstock, VA

Procession: After funeral the prossession will move to Pfc. Wilson's grandfather's farm located at 6173 Back Road, Woodstock, VA

Pfc. Thomas Wilson, a young man from Shenandoah County, died Monday from wounds suffered in an ambush while on patrol in Afghanistan. He was 10 days away from returning home from combat duty. After graduating from Central High School in Woodstock in 2004, where he was active on the track team, he attended West Virginia University before joining the Army.

Our prayers and thoughts are with Pfc. Wilson's family at this difficult time. A grateful nation thanks them for their sacrifice.

Related articles:
* Washington Post: Soldier Lived What He Believed
* Department of Defense press release
* Patriot Guard to honor Pfc. Thomas R. Wilson
* Military Times: Honor the Fallen ... Pfc. Thomas R. Wilson
* Richmond Times Dispatch
* PilotOnline.com
* Pfc. Thomas R. Wilson

3 comments:

Randuwa said...

Another sad day... How many sad days must we endure? Why are the lives of our soldiers less tragically sacrificed than those of us regular folks? In the eyes of God, is one soul more esteemed than another? And, if not, then why do we play "God" and wage war?

Just asking.....

SWAC Girl said...

You may want to redirect those questions toward al-Qaida since they were the ones who attacked and killed 3,000 innocent people on 9/11/01. Why aren't you blaming the enemy?

Just asking....

dawn said...

Thank you. This young man was my cousin. He was named after our great-grandfather(Thomas) and his Uncle Frankie(Randolph), who died in his early 20's also. I never had the chance to meet him, I grew up knowing his dad, who is also named Tommy, he was a Police Officer. His grandparents are my Aunt Loraine, and Uncle Raymond Wilson, from Luray. I wish I had the chance now...
I never in a million years thought this war would take someone in my family away...it makes me take a look back...he looked so much like his dad...
thank you.