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Washington Guardsman dies from Iraq injury

Post by Scott Fontaine on Feb. 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm with 6 Comments »
February 26, 2010 3:17 pm

A Washington National Guard soldier from Tacoma who chose to stay in Iraq after his unit returned home died Wednesday in an American military hospital in Germany.

Sgt. William Spencer, 40, was injured in Iraq and evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The injury was not combat related, according to a National Guard press release.

A Pentagon press release said Spencer died “while supporting combat operations at Combat Outpost Marez” in the northern city of Mosul.

Spencer deployed with the 81st Brigade Combat Team in August 2009 and chose to stay with the Mississippi National Guard unit that replaced it. He served with the Olympia-based 2nd Battalion, 146th Field Artillery Regiment.

The brigade of 3,500 soldiers – about 2,400 of whom are from Washington – lost one soldier during its yearlong mobilization. Spc. Samuel D. Stone of Port Orchard was killed May 30, 2009, when his M1117 Armored Security Vehicle rolled during a convoy mission outside Tallil.

About 300 Washington National Guardsmen are serving throughout Iraq.

Spencer is the second Washington soldier to die in Iraq this year. Pfc. Adriana Alvarez, a 20-year-old military policeman, died Feb. 10.

Spencer had previously served in the Air Force before joining the National Guard. Memorial service details have not been made.

“I stand with all Washingtonians today as we mourn the loss of Sgt. William Spencer,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a release. “Sgt. Spencer was a proud member of the 81st – and chose to stay in Iraq with the Mississippi Army National Guard when his unit came home. He is a true hero who sacrificed his life to protect our freedoms, and provide a better life for those living in the Middle East.”

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  1. fasterzbetter says:

    My heart and prayers are with the family of my fallen brother. I was stationed with “Spence” in Q-west iraq and always enjoyed the calm demeanor and intelligent discussion f this awesome man. We have truly lost a hero.
    SPC Mike Hoskins, 81st HBCT HHB 2/146 FA

  2. spence was like a brother to me I looked up to him and greatly enjoyed our conversations. I was heartbroken when I found out about him dieing I will always miss him and he will always be in my heart. even though he had it tough in between his service time from the air force to the national guard he didn’t let it make him bitter it made him wiser and he loved to share that wisdom with others. RIP Sgt Spencer your a great man and will be truly missed.
    Spc Phillip Westerman 81st HBCT HHB 2/146 FA

    And to the last commenter, duckfan, you ar close minded and ignorant. You are so disrespectful for making a big deal about something mundane like the name of a base when the article is about a fallen soldier in fact, he did not even mention either one of those bases in this article. Thats on top of the fact that even though you try to sound grateful for his service you come off as an ungrateful oxymoron with your contradictory comments. do everyone a favor; leave this country if your so ungrateful, quit wasting our oxygen, and save your anti government rhetoric for blogs on the web pages that only other anti government and conspiracy theory losers will read.

  3. amendment to my last comment: I just saw that duckfan was referring to the website not the article when he mentioned the base names. but the point still stands very disrespectful to choose this article to comment about that.

  4. georgerosie4u says:

    Duckfan should attempt to get a job and stay away from electronics. He apparently has nothing better to do then make comments on things he has absolutely no knowledge about. He wants to gut out the news media and then shows his mentality, by making negative remarks about the deceased and his family. This is a very cold, worthless piece of mankind. Perhaps he is seeking attention that was not afforded him during his childhood. If you have nothing to say in support of this article, then don’t say anything. Thank you for taking up space..

  5. I was with HHB for a little bit back in 2004 before I got moved back to the gun line, and I remember Spencer. He was a really nice guy and always had a smile on his face! You will be missed my friend!

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