|Birth: ||Feb. 10, 1984|
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 2007, Afghanistan|
Staff Sgt. William R. Fritsche of Martinsville, Indiana graduated from Martinsville High School in 2002 where he played basketball as a six foot one inch center. During high school, he was also active with the freshman football team. He enjoyed playing basketball, riding 4-wheelers, listening to country music, playing golf and being outdoors. He was a member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Martinsville. He joined the Army in 2002, soon after graduating, and was promoted to sergeant in April 2005. He was selected in 2005 to be part of President Bush's inaugural procession in Washington, D.C., as a member of the Old Guard, the Army's oldest active-duty infantry unit. He was preceded in death by his father, William W. Fritsche and a grandmother, Jane I. Watson Fritsche. He died near Kamu, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations at age 23.
91st Cavalry Regiment
173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
One brave young man in a distant land,
Knew it was time to take his stand.
In answer to the dread command,
It was as if God had it planned.
To know that more lives would be spared,
He gave his own-because he cared;
That others lived through war and foe,
For God and Country he must go!
No time to think of his own life,
His family, friends and a living wife.
The call had come-a finale grand,
For one brave young man in a distant land.
Mission accomplished one could do no more.
The Ship has launched on a perfect shore.
And now the Captain holds the hand
Of one brave young soul in the promised land.
Written by Virginia Foster
William W. Fritsche (1953 - 2007)
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Maintained by: Calypsosmommy
Originally Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Jul 30, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20695579