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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