KIA September 5, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to the 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Died September 5th of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. Also killed was PFC Dane Balcon.
Billy joined the Army in September 2004 and deployed to Iraq in October 2006. He served as a track vehicle repairer, but changed military occupations after being asked to join on patrols with the unit.
According to his family, Billy wanted to be like his grandfather, who was known as a “hero” in WWII. He had planned to re-enlist, and after retiring to become a police officer.
Letters from some of the men Billy fought with reveal that he was loved and revered by all. His wish for them was to go on and remember to continue fighting. According to his family, he loved watching the kids in Iraq and handling them candy.
Billy is survived by his wife and two children.
CPL William “Billy” Warford III was 24 years old from Temple, Texas
Original portrait was presented to Billy’s wife, Shea, along with a canvas reproduction print to his mother, on September 29, 2008 during a private presentation in their Temple, Texas home.