Providers pay final respect to fallen Soldier

Story and photo by Pfc. Lisa A. Cope
139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) Public Affairs

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — Soldiers and Airmen gathered to pay their final respects to Sgt. William C. Spencer, at a fallen Soldier ceremony March 1 at the Joint Operations Center at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

Spencer, a gunner with G Company, 106th Brigade Support Battalion, 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary), died Feb. 25 from an aneurysm while serving at Contingency Operating Base Marez, Iraq.

Spencer, a Clinton, Ky., native, was born Aug. 11, 1969, and is survived by his mother, Sharon Welch, and his sister, Sharon Whittle.

He was posthumously promoted from specialist to sergeant Feb. 25.

Spc. Quentin K. Schul, the administrative operations chaplain assistant with the 13th SC(E) and a Victoria, Texas, native, spoke at the ceremony and read Spencer's biography.

"(Sgt.) William Clifton Spencer gave the ultimate sacrifice," he said. "We will not forget."

Col. Knowles Y. Atchison, deputy commander for the 13th SC(E), placed the ceremonial identification tags on the fallen warrior memorial in the foyer of the JOC.

Sgt. Spencer is a hero, said Atchison, a Fort Hood, Texas, resident.

"This is a sad moment," he said. "If he had not been here, would he still be living? That is what I ask myself. We will never know the answer to that question, but the fact is that he was here and he was making a contribution, he was serving his country. That makes him a hero. It puts him in the top five percent of the American population."

Spencer will not be forgotten, said Atchison.

 

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Col. Knowles Y. Atchison, deputy commander with the 13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) and a Fort Hood, Texas, resident, places Sgt. William C. Spencer's identification tags on the fallen warrior memorial March 1, after a ceremony in Spencer's honor in the foyer of the Joint Operations Center at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Spencer, a gunner with G Company, 106th Brigade Support Battalion, 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 13th SC(E) and a Clinton, Ky., native, died Feb. 25 from an aneurysm while serving at Contingency Operating Base Marez, Iraq.