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STORIES OF HONOR: Vet says Vietnam service ‘made better man out of me’ | Local


He also brought back with him painful memories, and he still sometimes feels the effects of war.

“When I got back home, and it thundered real loud, I would jump up,” he said. “Over there, you hear all those bombs and things going off; that is the only bad thing I had.”

While for the most part having overcome his PTSD, Williams says he has been told by doctors that his diabetes today was caused by the defoliant Agent Orange. It is something he has to continue to monitor.

His younger brother, Richard, died three years ago from diabetes and the effects of the chemical agent, Williams said.

Upon returning to the states, Williams needed to find a job.

“I did not have no high school education,” he said. “I never had trouble getting a job.”


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Williams firsted worked with his father in carpentry, then at a tractor supply company and at BellSouth Telephone Co.

But his favorite job had to be at Cox Wood Preserving.

“I worked down there 20 years,” he said. “They were good people. They treated me real good.”

Life after Vietnam has continued to be filled with challenges.

Williams lost his beloved wife of 48 years, Mary Martha, in August 2018 from cancer.



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