Lexington Family Grieves Loss Of Soldier Killed In Iraq

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A family is grieving the loss of a Kentucky soldier killed while fighting overseas.

22-year-old William McMillan III died Tuesday in Iraq when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

McMillan, who was a member of the U.S. Army, was due home in September. We're told he has been stationed in Iraq for seven months.

He leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth, who is a student at UK. We're told they married within the last year.

On Wednesday the parents of William McMillan, as well as his wife, were at Camp Nelson. We're told that's where the funeral will be held for William McMillan, with full military honors.

His family spoke to us Thursday morning, they say he always wanted to be a soldier and died a hero.

"There is a hole that will never be filled", said William McMillan, Specialist McMillan's father.

"He was my best friend. My brother", said Brad McMillan.

The family says William wanted to be in the army at an early age, so it was no surprise when this young man became an Army medic.

"He wanted to save lives", said Elizabeth McMillan, William's wife.

Elizabeth and William married last January, and Wednesday would have been their year 1/2 anniversary. She said she did talk to her husband on Monday at a time he always called, and he was happy.

"He was my hero long before any of this happened. The greatest man I will ever know", said Elizabeth.

"I'm extremely proud. We honor his service. He knew what he was doing", said William McMillan.

"There are no words in the English language that could ever capture the beauty that was him, and it's going to be hard to go on without him", said Elizabeth McMillan.

Elizabeth tells us that many of the times she and her husband talked on the phone, they talked about future plans.

They hoped to one day become physicians assistants together, and were planning a trip to the lake for when William returned in September.

This was McMillan's first tour in Iraq and he had even been given the Bronze Star Medal with distinction. McMillan will be buried at Camp Nelson Cemetery with full military honors.

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  • by ns Location: philadelphia on Sep 14, 2009 at 11:47 AM
    billy you were such an amazing person. i still cant believe it has been over a year since you have been gone. i didn't know you well - but i will never forget your smile and all the mischief you got into. your family and wife are in my prayers.
  • by Todd lawrence Location: iraq on Jul 15, 2008 at 04:07 PM
    mcmillan was a friend of mine! we were serving in iraq together. we will be missed by all that ever meet him!
  • by Wayne Location: Mississippi on Jul 13, 2008 at 10:17 AM
    I am 72 year old Korean veteran and I cry for every warrior who falls in defense of their country. My daughter is 2nd Infantry, Korea
  • by Susan Anderson Location: Miami, Fla on Jul 13, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    It's time to stop this war. A Republican President will NOT stop it.
  • by Rob Location: Bear,DE on Jul 11, 2008 at 03:44 PM
    Homeland security should check into ANONYMOUS's opinions.... ANONYMOUS what do you offer your country? Less than nothing I'm sure; other than your opinion that certainly does not offer a proactive approach to solving our country's problems. ANONYMOUS just whines about it. Pathetic... Billy had so much to offer this world and unfortunately, he or we shall never know now to what extent. I can only say that his service has offered me a new appreciation for what our soldiers do for their fellow countrymen. They keep us from harms way while dredging through the trenches of battle and pathetic attacks from our enemies. Billy my friend, my brother-in-law, my brother, may you rest in peace with God’s grace. So Mote it be.....
  • by john Location: liberty, ky on Jul 11, 2008 at 12:51 PM
    the blood shed for the freedom that so many of us tend to take for granted would cover this country easily i am sure. may god bless and keep every member of this fallen soldier's family. my family grieves with you in your loss.
  • by ANONYMOUS on Jul 11, 2008 at 12:08 PM
    Everything happen's for a reason. He will be loved in many eyes. God works in mystrious ways. I do believe in God and I do want his blessing. I am very sorry for your lose, and I hope that don't make you lose faith in God!
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Jul 11, 2008 at 08:24 AM
    God BLESS them? If this is God "blessing" them... I don't think I want it! NO! God is cursing america for defiantly spitting on Him for years. More and worse is coming to this country. Get ready!
  • by Lisa Location: Lexington on Jul 11, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    Thank you William McMillan III,you have given the ultimate sacrifice for me and my family. My thoughts and prayers will be with the Mcmillan family as they grieve. Bless those who mourn, eternal God, with the comfort of your love that they may face each new day with hope and the certainty that nothing can destroy the good that has been given. May their memories become joyful, their days enriched with friendship, and their lives encircled by your love. Amen.
  • by Cassie Location: Hazard on Jul 10, 2008 at 09:36 PM
    Bring All the Troops back home to their family where they belong. No one should have to die like this. Many families have already suffered enough. It don't have to be this way. May God be with you in your time of need. And Thank you so much for showing the world that you care. Your are a HERO McMillian in more ways than one. Thank you.
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