SSG. WILLIAM T. LATHAM - U.S. Army
Hometown / City: KINGMAN, AZ MOHAVE
Date of Death: Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: TROOP E 2ND SQUADRON 3RD ARMOR CAVALRY REGIMENT, FORT CARSON, CO 80913
Birth: Jul. 20, 1973
Death: Jun. 18, 2003
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Army Staff Sgt. Latham was assigned to Troop E, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Latham was participating in a raid at a suspected arms market in Ar Ramadi on May 19 when he was hit with shrapnel. He ordered his troops to fire a grenade at the door, and a piece of shrapnel flew under his helmet and lodged in his head. No one else was injured. He was evacuated back to the United States where he died of his wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., when his wife decided to remove him from life support and was at his side when he died. William had been adamant about joining the military since he was 12. He is survived by his wife, Melissa, and three children.
Fort Logan National Cemetery
Plot: Section S, Site 6819-C