Hundreds Attend Soldier's Funeral

9-23-06 – More than 600 people packed the Kingston High School gym Saturday morning to attend a funeral service for a fallen hero. Sgt. Clint Williams was killed in a roadside bomb attack while serving his second tour of duty in Iraq.

The 24-year-old is a Kingston High School graduate. Saturday, his former classmates wore red arm bands in his honor.

At the funeral service, members of the Patriot Guard and dozens of motorcyclists, greeted the family as they arrived. Supporters have spent the week tying yellow ribbons to trees and signs across town, showing support for the family. American flags also lined the sidewalks outside the gym.

Protestors from Kansas were also in town, but a barricade was set up about half a mile from the funeral site to prevent disruptions.

Speakers at the funeral service said Sgt. Williams lived life to the fullest and that he was a hero in many ways, often coming to the aide of family and friends.

Sgt. Williams’ family has been presented with a purple heart and two bronze stars of valor. He's also been nominated for the Medal of Honor for action he took in a previous IED explosion 2 months ago.