In honor of Memorial Day which will take place on Monday, May 29, the Claiborne Parish Journal will be highlighting a few Claiborne Parish Veterans who lost their lives in various wars while serving the United States.
US Navy AO1 Joe Lee Williams, Vietnam Veteran and native of Homer, Louisiana
US Navy Aviation Ordnanceman First Class Joe Lee Williams was a casualty of the Vietnam War.
As a member of the Navy, AO1 Williams served our country until August 4th, 1964 in South Vietnam. He was 28 years old and was married. It was reported that Joe died from unknown circumstances. His body was recovered. He was born on November 15th, 1936 in Homer, Louisiana. AO1 Williams is on panel 5F, line 049 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 6 years.
A01 Joe Lee Williams served as an Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class with VA-56, CVW-5, USS TICONDEROGA, Task Force 77, 7TH FLEET.
He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.
Williams was married to Earlene Williams who passed on December 19, 2015 at the age of 80. She was reunited with her husband and is buried beside him in a shared plot. The inscription on her headstone reads, “Together again at last.”
Sources: Find a Grave – findagrave.com