Gary “Wayne” Willard

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Dalton, GA

Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps / Ret. LEO

Rank: 2nd Recon (Corporal) / Lt. SWAT Cmdr.

Wayne Willard was a Marine Corps Veteran and former Calhoun PD SWAT Commander. He was only 43 when he retired from law enforcement. Wanting to continue service to his country, he signed up as a Police Mentor in Afghanistan in 2009. Two weeks before he was to come home, God had other plans. His compound was attacked and Wayne lost his life in a gun battle with the Taliban.

Wayne was a wonderful leader in the Marine Corp and law enforcement. He was faithful, fearless and fair. He was a loving husband of 20 years and father of two children. He loved God and his country and community.

Wayne Willard laid down his life without hesitation for his team, for his country, and for his family… all for our freedom!

Age: 44

Date of Death: June 07, 2010

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