KIA November 23, 2005
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Died November 23, 2005 when his unit came under direct fire during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. Also killed was SSG Aram Bass.
He was a man who loved his family and friends, enjoyed playing basketball with his buddies and who had a soft spot for horses and other animals. After graduating high school in 1999, Meeuwsen attended Texas A&M University.
As a result of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Bill and some of his friends enlisted in the United States Army. His father Mike said, “Bill strongly believed that we all share a responsibility to serve on behalf of God and country, to protect freedoms we all cherish so deeply.” It was that sense of patriotism that led him to enter the United States Army.
His longtime friend, Garrett Walvoord said, “You just felt warm when you were with Bill. Bill was the icebreaker. Bill was good at everything.” He had a great sense of humor and a way of making anyone around him feel comfortable. “I have no doubt in my mind that Bill is a hero. He did heroic things before he died, he did heroic things while he died.”
Army SGT William Meeuwsen was 24 years old from Kingwood, Texas
Original portrait presented August 4, 2010 to his family during a special ceremony held at The American Fallen Soldiers Project Headquarters.