Sergeant Patrick Oliver Williamson answered his life’s calling when he joined the US Army in August of 2006 after completing 2 years of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. Although his choices were unlimited, he chose the infantry as a career path as he wanted to be one of the guys with boots on the ground on the front lines.
He completed Basic, AIT, and Airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He displayed a strong work ethic, leadership, and discipline in advancing through the ranks far ahead of schedule. Patrick was killed, along with 6 other comrades in arms and an Afghan interpreter, when an IED hit his Stryker in the Arghandab Valley, Afghanistan on October 27, 2009. He was a strong, self confident person who always had a smile on his face. He was full of life, love, and integrity and he left us too soon. He is very much loved and missed.