Post 145 pays tribute to shooting victim
Published 2:00 am Tuesday, July 21, 2015
BT3 Petty Officer Billy Williams of Troy paid tribute to the memory of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith by placing a red, white and blue bouquet and American flag at the Armed Forces Career Center in Enterprise Saturday.
Smith was the fifth victim of the Chattanooga, Tenn. shootings on Thursday.
Williams served aboard the USS Nassau during the Gulf Wars and is a member of American Legion Post 145 in Brundidge.
“Petty Officer Randall Smith was a brother to all of us who have served in the Navy,” Williams said. “I thought it was important for those of us in our area to acknowledge that we have lost a brother. The Marine Recruiting Center is here in Troy but the recruiting center for the Navy and Army is in Enterprise so the Armed Forces Career Center was the appropriate place to pay tribute to Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith.”
Williams said he contacted Post 145 Commander Randy Ross and told him of his plans to honor Smith.
“Commander Ross agreed that a tribute on behalf of Post 145 would be appropriate,” Williams said.
Ross said American Legion Post 145 joins people all across the nation in prayer for Smith’s family and for all families involved in the tragic shootings that resulted in the deaths of four Marines. The Marines have been identified as Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells of Cobb, Georgia; Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan of Hampden, Massachusetts; Sgt. Carson Holmquist of Polk, Wisconsin; and Staff Sgt. David Wyatt of Burke, North Carolina.