Lexington Soldier Laid to Rest

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

It was an emotional day for family members and friends of a Lexington soldier killed while fighting overseas.

Funeral services were held today for Corporal William McMillan III. He died in Iraq last week when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. This was his first tour of duty to Iraq.

His funeral was today at Southland Christian Church, where his family and friends spoke about their fallen hero.

"He was always looking out for the best interest of not only those he loved, but everyone he came in contact with", said McMillan's sister, Lauren Buchanan.

"He was very proud to be in the Army. He loved being a medic and helping people and he really like making people laugh", said Marge McMillan, Cpl. McMillan's mom.

"Bill was a loving husband, a great son, a loyal brother, a compassionate friend, and a brave soldier", said Elizabeth McMillan, Cpl. McMillan's wife.

"He was a hero, a caregiver, an American patriot, a family man, and my best friend", said McMillan's brother, Brad McMillan.

During the funeral, awards were also given to Cpl. McMillan's family for the young soldier. The family was given Cpl. McMillan's Bronze Star that he had earned, a Good Conduct Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, a Combat Action Badge, and the Purple Heart.

"He loved what he was doing. He just loved his country and we're just very proud of him", Marge McMillan says.

"When he awoke the morning of his death, he had no regrets and no unfinished business that he left behind him", said Brad McMillan.

"Bill, you were always my hero, and always will be", Elizabeth McMillan said during the funeral.

A procession was held for Cpl. McMillan that passed along Highway 27, where community members stood with flags in hand to salute the fallen soldier.

His burial was held at Camp Nelson Cemetery, where Cpl. McMillan was taken by a riderless horse and caisson to the Camp Nelson Committal Shelter.

Corporal McMillan was given a 21-gun salute, a Camp Nelson cannon salute, a military fly over, and TAPS was played for him during the flag folding ceremony.

There was also a Gold Star Mother's Presentation by the Blue Star Mothers Society.

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  • by McMilllan Family Location: Lex KY on Jul 23, 2008 at 07:36 PM
    Thank you very much for sharing this video and information. We GREATLY appreciate the turn out of all the fine folks in Jessamine County and the hospitality of KY which was commented on by many of our out of town family and friens -the whole groups of cars that joined together in pulling off the road as the Funeral Procession went by, the people who stood in the hot mid day sun, the golfers (noticed by many in the procession) who stood tall at their tees or on the course and saluted. The comment was they really do things different (better) here - Southern manners one fellow from Massachusetts said. Thanks for showing that America loves and respects their soldiers. We plan to get video and pictures back to Bills' fellow soldiers in Iraq soon. Lloyd McMillan - Bill's father
  • by clay Location: Lexington on Jul 20, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    It is so sad we lost another great American. You folks that refuse to serve this Great Nation should take notes on how to be a citizen and what the real cost is and who pays for your freedom. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR REAL HEROES
  • by hugh brennan Location: Hillsborough, NJ on Jul 20, 2008 at 09:27 AM
    Cpl William McMillan was also a proud part of the Virginia Military Institute. My son is one of his "Brother Rats" and has assured me that he was very well thought of and will always be remembered. God grant his family peace.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2008 at 09:42 PM
    Thank you for your unselfish bravery and fighting for my freedom. May God comfort your family during this time.
  • by Byron Location: Williamson, GA on Jul 19, 2008 at 07:35 PM
    May God bless the surviving members of this great man's family. I'm convinced there is a special place in heaven for those heroes who fall while serving the country they love and died for. We will pray and give thanks for you all.


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