Ronnie D. Williams “John-Boy”

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Independence, KY

Branch of Service: U.S. Army

Rank: Specialist

Specialist Ronnie D. Williams enlisted in the Army after 9-11. “John-Boy” was on his 2nd tour of duty when his M1 Abrams tank left the roadway, flipping into a flooded ravine on its top, trapping him inside. He was set to return home in five short months at time of his death.

John was always happy and smiling. He loved his family and all kids. His son, Houston, was his pride and joy, as were his nieces and nephews. He loved to make everyone around him smile, no matter what kind of day you were having. If John was around, you were smiling. His favorite sayings were, “Suck it up Buttercup,” and “Soldier On.”

John was the happiest and most loving person ever. “He loved our family so much. He left a huge hole in our hearts and in our family when he left us,” recalled his sister Theresa Heeger.

Age: 26

Date of Death: July 17, 2005

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