Operation Iraqi Freedom

Air Force Lt. Col. William R. Watkins III

37, of Danville, Virginia.
Killed in action while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Watkins was assigned to the 333rd Fighter Squadron,
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.
Died on April 7, 2003.

Soon after he was KIA, Reverend Jean Hood, on behalf of the Preddy Memorial Foundation, presented a donation in memory of  Lt. Col. Watkins. The donation was accepted by Col. Mike Cooper, USAF (Ret) on behalf of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association; Watkins was a member.

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Air Force Capt. Eric B. Das

30, of Amarillo, Texas.
Assigned to the 333rd Fighter Squadron based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.; killed when the F-15E he was piloting went down during a combat mission in Iraq. The incident remains under investigation.
Fallen Heroes Memorial