Bailey, William, SPC

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Chemical Corps
Last Primary MOS
54B10-Chemical Operations Specialist
Last MOS Group
Chemical (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2004-2007, ARNG, Nebraska
Service Years
2004 - 2007
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom


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One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 25, 2007
Hostile, Died
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Bellevue Cemetery - Bellevue, Nebraska
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 Official Badges 

USAE Multi-National Corps-Iraq

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT FallenMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  2013, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Action 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
ARNG, Nebraska
  2004-2007, ARNG, Nebraska
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2007-2008 OIF/Iraqi Surge (2007-08)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

A 29-year-old Bellevue soldier and firefighter was killed Saturday in Iraq in an explosion.

Spc. William Lee Bailey III, died in an attack with an improvised explosive device, said Dave Szymanski, a spokesman for the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department.

Three others were injured in the IED attack, but no other information was available about them or where it happened.

Bailey was with the Nebraska National Guard's 755th Chemical Company based in O'Neill, Neb.

He had been in Iraq since November and was due to return home in three weeks for a two-week leave, Szymanski said.

Bailey and his wife have a blended family of five children, three of whom live with them in Bellevue, said Jack Syphers, a spokesman for the Fire Department. He worked as a medical helicopter dispatcher in the metro area.

Bailey was part of a group providing security for convoys in Iraq. His unit, like many others, had been retrained to perform security missions, said Maj. Gen. Roger Lempke, commander of the Nebraska National Guard.

Chemical companies are typically involved in entering areas that may have been chemically infected and performing detection and evacuation in those areas, Lempke said.

Bailey had been a volunteer firefighter for Bellevue for five years.

"He just loved his family and worked hard for them," said Paul Prewitt, a member of the Fire Department and a friend of Bailey's. "He had a lot of integrity and was a real stand-up guy. He would go out of his way for his friends. He will be missed."

Firefighters will meet today at 2 p.m. to reminisce about Bailey at the District 1 station, 211 W. 22nd Ave.

Bailey is the 56th person from Nebraska and western Iowa or with ties to the area to die in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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