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Army Spec. Clarence Williams III, of Brooksville, was killed when his military police unit was attacked in Afghanistan on July 8. Six soldiers died in the attack.
His body was brought from McDill Air Force Base in Tampa before traveling on U.S. Highway 19 to Carnegie Funeral Home in Chiefland.
Residents from throughout Levy County turned out to honor the soldier who was said to have a ready smile and hoped to follow in his father's footsteps by joining the Florida Highway Patrol.
The 23-year-old lost his life when a group of soldiers came under hostile fire and were hit by improvised explosive devices in Maidan Shahr in Wardak Province in Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas.
Williams and his five comrades were returned to American soil on July 12 at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
While Chiefland was not his home, Williams received a warm reception including an honor guard of the Chiefland Police Department and Levy County Sheriff's Office, a color guard from the Tri-Counties Marine Corps League, a color guard from VFW Post 5625, and escorts from the Florida Highway Patrol and the Patriot Guard.
Funeral services were Saturday in Ocala and Williams was buried on Monday at the Veterans National Cemetery in Bushnell.