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Dan
03-25-2008, 07:20
RELEASE NUMBER: 080324-03
DATE POSTED: MARCH 24, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Special Forces Soldier killed in Afghanistan
U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, March 24, 2007) — An Army Special Forces Soldier died March 22 as a result of wounds suffered when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device while conducting a combat operation near Sperwan Ghar, Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. William R. Neil, Jr., 38, was a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha team communications sergeant assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) here at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

Neil is survived by his parents, William Sr. and Patricia, of Holmdel, N.J.; and sisters, Patricia, Barbara, and Veronica.

--usasoc--

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

STAFF SGT. WILLIAM R. NEIL, JR.

Killed in action on March 22, 2008 Operation Enduring Freedom
Staff Sgt. William R. Neil, Jr., 38, was killed in action when the vehicle he was riding in struck an improvised explosive device on March 22 near Sperwan Ghar, Afghanistan, while serving with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).

He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2007 as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operation Task Force - Afghanistan. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terror.

Neil, a native of Holmdel, N.J., volunteered for military service and enlisted into the Army in Jan. 1998 as a supply specialist. His first duty assignment was with the 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Ft. Benning, Ga., from Sept. 1998 through Oct. 2003. He later attended and graduated from Ranger School before attending the Special Forces Qualification Course. In 2006 he earned the coveted “Green Beret.”

Neil’s military education include; the Total Army Instructor Training Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Ranger Course, and the Basic Airborne Course.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, six Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Weapons Qualification Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, and the Parachutist Badge.

Neil is survived by his parents William Sr., and Patricia, of Holmdel, N.J.; and sisters, Patricia, Barbara, and Veronica.
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Ret10Echo
03-25-2008, 07:32
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jbour13
03-25-2008, 07:36
RIP SSG Neil

swpa19
03-25-2008, 07:45
Rest in Peace Staff Sergeant.

The Reaper
03-25-2008, 07:46
RIP, hermano.

Thank you for your service.

See you on the other side.

TR

dennisw
03-25-2008, 08:46
RIP SSG.

Red Flag 1
03-25-2008, 08:49
Rest in Peace SSG Neil!

SF_BHT
03-25-2008, 09:09
Rest in Peace Brother.

Rogue
03-25-2008, 09:24
RIP

CoLawman
03-25-2008, 10:14
Rest in Peace.

Razor
03-25-2008, 10:49
Rest easy, brother.

Gypsy
03-25-2008, 11:03
Rest in Peace, SSG Neil, Jr. Thoughts and prayers out to your family and Brothers.

Abu Jack
03-25-2008, 11:12
Rest In Peace

Heretic
03-25-2008, 11:38
RIP

Goggles Pizano
03-25-2008, 11:52
In pace requiescat SSG Neil.

Dragbag036
03-25-2008, 12:06
RIP

azmg
03-25-2008, 12:13
RIP and thank you for your service SSG

vsvo
03-25-2008, 12:18
RIP Sergeant

SFS0AVN
03-25-2008, 12:31
RIP SSG Neil, Godspeed.

sofmed
03-25-2008, 13:47
Rest in peace, SSG Neil.

glebo
03-25-2008, 13:55
RIP SSG Neil. From a former 18E instructor.

Jack Moroney (RIP)
03-25-2008, 14:22
RIP

MtnGoat
03-25-2008, 18:00
Rest in Peace, SSG Neil, Jr.

Thoughts and prayers out to your family and Friends.

Blue sky!!!

Pete
03-25-2008, 18:33
Rest In Peace Soldier

Ambush Master
03-25-2008, 19:19
Rest in Peace Brother.

Jgood
03-25-2008, 20:06
RIP

Prayers out to family and friends

JoeEcho45
03-25-2008, 20:56
RIP Billy....Vaya con Dios

504PIR
03-25-2008, 20:56
RIP!

My prayers to the family.

smokfire
03-25-2008, 21:07
Rest in Peace.


smokfire

sefryak
04-08-2008, 11:46
RIP Brother,i'll always remember you sitting on that log in SFAS

echoes
04-08-2008, 17:11
Rest in Peace, SSG Neil, Jr. You are not forgotten.

Holly

Mosby Raider
04-10-2008, 20:58
RIP

Dan
04-14-2008, 12:42
A firing detail stands at attention after giving a 21-gun salute for Staff Sgt. William Neil, Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), during a memorial ceremony held at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Chapel, Fort Bragg, N.C., April 4. SSG Neil died in combat March 22 while conducting combat operations near Sperwan Ghar, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Gillian M. Albro, USASOC PAO)

Penn
04-25-2008, 18:44
Rest in peace.

jatx
04-26-2008, 20:10
Rest in Peace...

Weaponsguy76
05-23-2008, 01:03
RIP BRO!!!

NSDQ
05-25-2008, 02:20
Rest in Peace SSG Neil. Thank You for your service & sacrifice

85diver
06-14-2008, 02:05
Man this is always tough, I knew him well as we went through the Q together. RIP brother and regards to all who knew and served with him.

jr

Rob_0811
06-17-2008, 16:19
RIP, warrior.

trent
06-21-2008, 13:29
RIP brother.

CasperMike
11-11-2008, 09:52
You are a hilarious guy and was glad to know you...RIP

greenberetTFS
11-13-2008, 12:09
RIP, Warrior........:(