Soldier's Final Journey

By: James Steiner
By: James Steiner

The process of bringing closure to the family of a fallen local soldier began on Monday evening, with his final journey home.

A white hearse led the procession, from Reno-Tahoe International airport to Fitzhenry's Funeral Home in Gardnerville, just after 7 p.m.

United States Army Private First Class Brandon Williams of Minden was killed in combat while serving as a military policeman in Baghdad. Ironically, he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps...and be a man of the law. His dad, Brad Williams, works as a Sergeant for the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

His fellow brothers and sisters answered the call tonight, when asked if they would lead an army of officers in escorting the fallen soldier home for his final mission...a mission that would ultimately bring him peace, and bring him back to a place he knew all too well.

Brandon was once a proud graduate at Douglas County High School...and symbolically, that is where his funeral will be held this Saturday at 11 a.m.

Only he won't be recognized for his scholastic achievements. He will be honored for serving his country until the day he died.

Brandon's younger brother, Lance Corporal USMC Justin Williams, had been temporarily assigned to the US Army so he could escort Brandon's casket on the flight from Philadelphia to Reno.


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