David Collier Wills, Jr
Specialist Four
D CO, 1ST BN, 7TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV, USARV
Army of the United States
Columbus, Georgia
October 12, 1942 to May 10, 1966
DAVID C WILLS Jr is on the Wall at Panel 7E, Line 46

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David C Wills

SP4 DAVID COLLIER WILLS Jr

 
04 Jun 2008

David was my younger and only brother. At the time of his death he was only 22 years old.

He was a paratrooper and helicopter machine gunner. He had just returned from a mission extracting troops from a firefight. When they landed back in a safe zone, one of the soldiers they were bringing back had returned with a grenade that did not have the pin in the handle. While trying to replace the pin, the soldier dropped the grenade and five U. S. Army troopers were killed that day including my brother.

My brother left behind a wife who was four months pregnant with his only child ... Our mother suffered a nervous breakdown because of her grief and never fully recovered. She passed away at age 83, still grieving over the loss of her youngest son.

His body was returned to Georgia in a sealed glass-topped casket. All these years later it is still a sad event for our family.

My name is Matt Maddox, my brother David and I had the same mother but different fathers. My mother married David C. Wills, Sr. when I was four years old. David is my half brother but from the day he was born he was my brother, we never considered each other as half-brothers.

From his brother,
Matt Maddox
matmad@pstel.net


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