TSgt William H. Jefferson, Jr.

TSgt William H. Jefferson, Jr. 1

TECH. SGT. WILLIAM H. JEFFERSON, Jr. – U.S. Air Force

Hometown / City: NORFOLK, VA NORFOLK (CITY)
Date of Death: Saturday, March 22, 2008
Conflict: Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)
Branch: U.S. Air Force
Rank: Tech. Sgt.
Unit: 21ST SPECIAL TACTICS SQUADRON, POPE AFB, NC

Birth: Jul. 21, 1973
Norfolk
Norfolk City
Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 22, 2008, Afghanistan

Tech. Sgt. William H. Jefferson of Norfolk, Virginia graduated from Lake Taylor High School in 1991 where he was a member of the track and swim teams. He attended Embry-Riddle University and earned his BS in Professional Aeronautics in 2004 and was working on his Masters degree. Will join the Marine Corps where he spent four years. He had been making a career of the military and that eventually brought him into the Air Force. The decision to trade in one uniform for the other came after he married his high school sweetheart. He realized that in the Marine Corps, he was gone way too much. William and his wife have an eight-year-old daughter and his wife is due to give birth to a second daughter in two months. He served in the Air Force 12 years and planned to stay to retirement and wanted to teach high school English or history after he retired from the military. Everybody seem to love him. He had a great sense of humor and at times was just a big kid. He enjoyed playing Texas hold’em poker and video games. William died near Sperwan Ghar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device at age 34. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Air Force Combat Action Medal.

Air Force
21st Special Tactics Squadron
Pope Air Force Base, N.C. Burial:
Rosewood Memorial Park
Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach City
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