Pence: Ind. soldier killed in Afghanistan 'hero'

Pence: Ind. soldier killed in Afghanistan 'hero'

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) answers reporters questions during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol December 2, 2010 in Washington, DC. Pence and U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced the Tax Relief Certainty Act, a bill that would permanently extend the Bush-era tax cuts to all Americans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 3:32 PM

   ELKHART, Ind. (AP) -- Gov. Mike Pence says Hoosiers everywhere are mourning the loss of a northern Indiana soldier who was among six U.S. service members killed after a helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan.
 
   Thirty-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Lee Williams of Elkhart was aboard a Black Hawk transport helicopter when it crashed Tuesday. He was on his third deployment overseas.
 
   Pence said today that "it is with deep sadness" that he learned of Williams' death. He says, "Jesse Lee Williams is an American hero whose service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by the people of this state and nation."
 
   It's not clear yet when Williams' funeral will be held. He's survived by his mother, a 6-year-old daughter, and the daughter's mother.
 

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