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David Calvin Williams


David Calvin Williams: Resident of Lillian, Alabama. died May 7, 2014 at age 91. Born in Virginia, he was one of the 10 children of George and Hester Williams and is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Bootsie) Williams.

David was a career Army man for 25 years. He joined at age 17, helping to build the gun emplacements in the white cliffs of Dover, England when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He then moved to participate in the invasion of North Africa where he received the first of five Purple Hearts.

After Africa, he was reassigned to the 101st airborne and entered France on the night prior to the D-Day invasion at St. Germaine-de Varrevellie (June 5, 1944). David continued across Europe and jumped in Operation Market Garden to liberate the Netherlands. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastonge, Belgium. He later worked as an intelligence officer behind the German lines until the end of the war.

David was instrumental in organizing ex-Airborne and Rangers into the Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, which became known as the Green Beret.

David made 2 combat jumps in the Korean War with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat team at the Suncheon in 1950 and Munsan-ni in 1951 where he was wounded twice and awarded two additional Purple Hearts.

Early in Vietnam Conflict, David worked with the Montagnard people of Vietnam to train them in their fight against the Viet Cong. After being ordered back to a second tour in Vietnam, David separated from the Military in 1965.

When asked why he never became an officer, he said, "I always felt best when I was fighting with my men."

He tried once more to sign up September 11, 2001 but he was denied conscription.

As a civilian David worked for the Detroit Police Department and the Atlantic Wire and Cable Company. He later married Bootsie Williams, whom he adored and worshipped. Bootsie describes herself fondly as "his Third World War."

They resided in Perry, Florida and later moved to Lillian, Alabama where they remained active, serving their community and the Catholic Church.

David was a loyal friend and a valiant warrior. He was a positive example in a world where true heroes are rare. Because of him, the world is a better place. We will miss him.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral service at Faith Chapel South with Rev. Father Dominic O'Dwyer officiating. Interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery with honors.

FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME SOUTH, 100 Beverly Pkwy, Pensacola, FL is in charge of arrangements. You may express your condolences at

A memorial fund has been set up in his name to be used for Special Forces members in need. Donations can be made at Gulf Coast Community Bank, Account 3311909 or mailed to 1177 College Blvd., Pensacola FL 32504.

David Williams in "Eisenhower with U.S. paratroopers of the 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division on June 5, 1944" (Picture)

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 13, 2014
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