SGT Gary De Willett

 29 December 1973 – 08 February 2008

SGT Gary De Willett was born on December 29, 1973 to Patrick and Vivian Mills. SGT Willett enlisted in the United States Army on February 2, 1995. Upon completion of Infantry One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, GA, SGT Willett was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as an Automatic Rifleman and Team Leader. SGT Willett was assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry on 16 October 2002 where he served as a Squad Leader and deployed with the battalion to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in February 2004. SGT Willett is a graduate of the US Army Warrior Leader Course and a two-time veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

SGT Gary De Willett’s service to the men of 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, is an inspiration to all. His attention to detail and resourcefulness on several occasions was often the difference between success and failure. His perseverance during adversity set the example for all Soldiers. SGT Willett served with honor and distinction both as a Team Leader and a Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle Gunner. SGT Willett proved himself repeatedly to his men and his leaders. His willingness to push himself and his Soldiers enabled Bravo Company to complete every mission to the highest standards.

SGT Willett is survived by his son Zeno Z. Daily.

SGT Willett’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal with Valor device, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal (with numeral 2) and the Army Service Medal.