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Hernando fallen soldier gets tribute at Missouri memorial

Hernando Today staff report
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:02 PM

Spc. Clarence Williams III will be honored by the U.S. Army Military Police Corps during a memorial ceremony Monday at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

The Corps is scheduled to honor 26 fallen soldiers who have been killed in action during the past year.

The ceremony, expected to be attended by hundreds of people around the world, will take place at the Military Police Regimental Walkway and Memorial Grove.

Also among those being honored will be Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija, 32, of Tampa.

Both men, along with four others, lost their lives July 8 when their armored vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Williams' family will be on hand for the ceremony, according to a spokeswoman with the Department of Defense.

The Walkway includes a bronze-crossed pistol archway, known as the "Gateway to the Regiment."

The memorial also has a 10-foot-high replica of a World War II-era MP, granite benches with names of soldiers who died on the field of battle and thousands of bricks honoring soldiers and their units.

Williams' father is an investigator with the Florida Highway Patrol and serves in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Williams, who lived most of his life in Brooksville, was a graduate of Hernando High.

He had intended to pursue a career in law enforcement after serving his eight-year commitment in the Army, according to his friends and family.

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