Williams signed his many letters home from Vietnam Your Marine," peppering them with the word "smile" in an effort to keep his family cheerful. Williams attended his grandfather's church, Morris Brown AME Church on 25th Street at Montgomery Avenue. He enlisted in July 1965 after graduating from South Philadelphia High School. Williams died on March 5, 1967 — his19th birthday — during Operation Prarie II in Quang Tri Province. The corporal, an assistant gunner, had been assigned to Headquarters and Service Company of the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. Survivors included his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
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