Fallen Fort Carson Sgt. 1st Class returns home to Colorado

Abbie Bennett
April 04, 2019 - 11:53 am
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(Photo courtesy of United States Army Special Operations Command)

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Sgt. 1st Class Will D. Lindsay served six tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. On Wednesday, he returned home to Colorado.  

Last month, the Pentagon confirmed that Lindsay, 33, of 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and 29-year-old Spc. Joseph P. Collette assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordinance Group-- both stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado – died “while engaged in combat operations.”

On Wednesday, Lindsay returned to Cortez, Colorado. The remains of the Green Beret arrived at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs Wednesday afternoon, and was escorted through the city by police, saluted by firefighters, the Associated Press reported.

Lindsay’s funeral is planned for April 9, The Denver Post reported.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis ordered flags on public buildings across the state lowered to half-staff through sunset April 9, the day of his memorial service.

Lindsay and Collette were killed “during a firefight with Taliban insurgents in Kunduz province, north of Kabul,” The Colorado Gazette reported.

Lindsay, who is survived by a wife and four daughters, enlisted in July 2004, Army Times reported. He graduated his Special Forces Qualification Course two years later.

Lindsay deployed five times to Iraq, served in Tajikistan in 2016 supporting a counter-narcotics mission, and was deployed to Afghanistan, according to a news release from U.S. Army Special Forces Operations Command.

Commander for 10th Special Forces Group (A) Col. Lawrence Ferguson said in a statement that the entire unit's "family is deeply saddened at the loss of Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay."

"Will was one of the best in our formation, with more than a decade of service in the Regiment at all levels of noncommissioned officer leadership," added Ferguson. 

In addition to Bronze Stars, Lindsay also was awarded a Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Valorous Unit Award, among others.

Lindsay and Collette’s deaths bring the total number of Americans killed in combat in Afghanistan to four in 2019.

Last year, 13 U.S. troops were killed in combat operations in Afghanistan, up from 11 in 2017, Army Times reported. There are about 14,000 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan.

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